Capped White-eye Zosterops fuscicapilla Scientific name definitions

Natalia C. García, Bas van Balen, Josep del Hoyo, David Christie, and Nigel Collar
Version: 2.0 — Published May 13, 2022



The nominate subspecies inhabits montane forest, second growth, isolated shrubs in mid-mountain grasslands (e.g., in highly cultivated Baliem Valley), and edge habitats, including abandoned cultivation, and bushes in native gardens. It occurs mainly between 1,200 m and 1,850 m, but to at least 2,500 m in the west and 2,600 m in the east, and as low as 750 m in central parts of north Coastal Range. There is only marginal altitudinal overlap with its ecological counterpart, Zosterops minor chrysolaemus, which replaces the present species at lower altitudes (1, 2). Subspecies Zosterops fuscicapilla crookshanki is found in hill and montane forests, at about 800–1,400 m, perhaps both lower and higher. It replaces Zosterops minor pallidogularis in forests above 800 m elevation (4).

Recommended Citation

García, N. C., B. van Balen, J. del Hoyo, D. A. Christie, and N. Collar (2022). Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.capwhe3.02