Species names in all available languages
|English (United States)||Heuglin's White-eye|
|Spanish||Anteojitos Serrano Etíope|
|Spanish (Spain)||Anteojitos serrano etíope|
Natalia C. García revised the account. August Davidson-Onsgard curated the media.
Zosterops poliogastrus von Heuglin, 1861
- poliogaster / poliogastra / poliogastris / poliogastrus
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Plumages, Molts, and Structure
These descriptions refer to the nominate subspecies; the other two subspecies are described under Systematics: Geographic Variation.
Immature birds resemble adults.
Adult has a distinct yellow forehead and forecrown extending to between the eyes, a white eye-ring 1–2 mm wide, and a narrow black line through lores and lower front edge of eye-ring. The crown and upperparts are green; the tail is dark brown with narrow green outer edges. The flight feathers and primary coverts are blackish brown, edged green to yellowish green.The chin and throat are yellow , breast-sides and band across upper breast are pale gray, flanks are grayish buff, the center of breast and belly are white, sometimes tinged yellow, while the thighs and undertail coverts are yellow. The axillaries are pale yellow, and underwing coverts are white with yellow tinge. Males and females look alike.
No information available.
Iris and Facial Skin
Brown or hazel.
Tarsi and Toes
Legs slate to pale gray.
- Zosterops poliogastrus poliogastrus: 63.9 mm (range 58–69, n = 54, from eastern Ethiopia highlands except extreme south); 61.5 mm (range 59–63, n = 11, from the extreme south of Eastern Ethiopia highlands) (2).
- Zosterops poliogastrus kaffensis: 60 mm (range 57–63, n = 29) (2).
- Zosterops poliogastrus kulalensis: 62.7 mm (range 61–64, n = 8) (2); range 62–65 mm (n = 8 males and 3 females), type specimen: adult male 64 mm (3).
- Zosterops poliogastrus poliogastrus: 48.4 (range 43–53, n = 54, from eastern Ethiopia highlands except extreme south); 47.3 (range 46–49, n = 11, from the extreme south of Eastern Ethiopia highlands) (2).
- Zosterops poliogastrus kaffensis: 45.1 mm mm (range 41–48, n = 29) (2).
- Zosterops poliogastrus kulalensis: 46.5 mm (range 45–51, n = 8) (2); type specimen, adult male: 48 mm (3).
- Zosterops poliogastrus poliogastrus: 14.1 mm (range 13–15, n = 54, from Eastern Ethiopia highlands except extreme south); 14.1 mm (range 13–15, n = 11, from the extreme south of Eastern Ethiopia highlands) (2).
- Zosterops poliogastrus kaffensis: 14 mm (range 13–15, n = 29) (2).
- Zosterops poliogastrus kulalensis: 15.4 mm (range 14–16, n = 8) (2); type specimen, adult male, culmen from base: 15 mm (3).
Zosterops poliogastrus kulalensis: male 11 g (n = 1), female 13 g (n = 1) (4)