Mbulu white-eye

The Mbulu white-eye (Zosterops mbuluensis) is a bird species in the family Zosteropidae. It is found in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania.

Mbulu white-eye
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterops
Z. mbuluensis
Binomial name
Zosterops mbuluensis

The Mbulu white-eye was formerly treated as a subspecies of the montane white-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus). When a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2014 found that it was more closely related to the Abyssinian white-eye (Zosterops abyssinicus), the Mbulu white-eye was promoted to species rank.[2][3] It is monotypic.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International 2016. Zosterops mbuluensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T103891253A104271923. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T103891253A104271923.en. Downloaded on 20 August 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Sylviid babblers, parrotbills, white-eyes". World Bird List Version 9.1. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 23 January 2019.