Heuglin's white-eye

Heuglin's white-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus), also known as the Ethiopian white-eye (formerly the montane white-eye), is a species of bird in the family Zosteropidae. It is found in north-eastern and eastern Africa. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical high-altitude shrubland, plantations, and rural gardens.[2]

Heuglin's white-eye
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At Tiergarten Schönbrunn
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterops
Z. poliogastrus
Binomial name
Zosterops poliogastrus
Heuglin, 1861
  • Zosterops kulalensis Williams, 1947
  • Zosterops poliogaster Heuglin, 1861
  • Zosterops silvanus Peter & Loveridge, 1935
  • Zosterops winifredae Sclater, 1935

The Mbulu white-eye, the south Pare white-eye and the broad-ringed white-eye were formerly considered as subspecies of Heuglin's white-eye. They were promoted to species rank based on a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2014. To reflect this change, the English name was changed from "montane white-eye" to "Heuglin's white-eye".[3][4][5][6]

There are three subspecies:[6]

  • Z. p. kulalensis Williams, JG, 1948 – Mount Kulal (north Kenya)
  • Z. p. poliogastrus Heuglin, 1861 – southeast Sudan, Eritrea, north, central, and east Ethiopia
  • Z. p. kaffensis Neumann, 1902 – west and southwest Ethiopia


  1. ^ BirdLife International 2016. Zosterops poliogastrus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T103891168A95032406. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103891168A95032406.en. Downloaded on 20 August 2019.
  2. ^ Aerts, R.; Lerouge, F.; November, E. (2019). Birds of forests and open woodlands in the highlands of Dogu’a Tembien. In: Nyssen J., Jacob, M., Frankl, A. (Eds.). Geo-trekking in Ethiopia’s Tropical Mountains - The Dogu’a Tembien District. SpringerNature. ISBN 978-3-030-04954-6.
  3. ^ Cox, S.C. (2013). Molecular Systematics and Diversification of African Zosteropidae (Aves: Passeriformes) (PhD). University College London.
  4. ^ Cox, S.C.; Prys-Jones, R.P.; Habel, J.C.; Amakobe, B.A.; Day, J.J. (2014). "Niche divergence promotes rapid diversification of East African sky island white-eyes (Aves: Zosteropidae)". Molecular Ecology. 23: 4103–4118. doi:10.1111/mec.12840.
  5. ^ Pearson, D.J.; Turner, D.A. (2017). "A taxonomic review of the genus Zosterops in East Africa, with a revised list of species occurring in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania". Scopus. 37: 1–13.
  6. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Sylviid babblers, parrotbills, white-eyes". World Bird List Version 9.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 25 January 2019.