White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Sangihe White-eye (Zosterops nehrkorni) - HBW 13, p. 456

French: Zostérops de Sangihe German: Nehrkornbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de la Sangihe
Other common names: Black-fronted White-eye(!) (within Z. atrifrons-Z. minor species group)

Taxonomy: Zosterops nehrkorni A. W. H. Blasius, 1888, Sangihe Island.
Forms a superspecies with Z. atriceps, Z. atrifrons, Z. somadikartai, Z. stalkeri, Z. minor, Z. meeki and Z. hypoxanthus. Formerly considered conspecific with Z. atrifrons, but re-examination of the single type specimen (previously thought to have been lost) and recent field observations indicate clear differentiation, particularly in coloration of bill and legs, measurements and some other characters; differs also in song and in being restricted to pristine habitats at higher altitudes. Monotypic.

Distribution: Mt Sahendaruman and adjacent Mt Sahengbalira, on Sangihe I, N of Sulawesi.

  • Critically Endangered
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