White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Solomon White-eye (Zosterops kulambangrae) - HBW 13, p. 464

French: Zostérops des Salomon German: Kulambangrabrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Salomón
Other common names: Central Solomons/Rendova White-eye

Taxonomy: Zosterops kulambangrae Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert, 1901, Kolombangara, Solomon Islands.
Forms a superspecies with Z. griseotinctus, Z. rennellianus, Z. vellalavella, Z. splendidus and Z. luteirostris, and possibly Z. murphyi. Species has been listed as Z. rendovae, but original description now seen clearly to be based on specimens from San Cristobal, not Rendova, and thus applicable to a different species. Geographical variation rather well marked, including vocal differentiation; races possibly better treated as separate species. Three subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kulambangrae Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 - New Georgia Group (Kolombangara, Vonavona, Kohinggo, New Georgia, Vangunu and Nggatokae), in WC Solomon Is.
  • paradoxus Mees, 1955 - Rendova, in S New Georgia Group.
  • tetiparius Murphy, 1929 - Tetepare, in S New Georgia Group.

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