Heuglin's White-eye Zosterops poliogastrus Scientific name definitions

Natalia C. García, Bas van Balen, Josep del Hoyo, Nigel Collar, and Guy M. Kirwan
Version: 2.0 — Published May 20, 2022

Conservation and Management

Conservation Status

The most recent conservation status assessments available consider each subspecies separately.

Subspecies poliogastrus is not globally threatened (Least Concern). This taxon is considered to be locally common to rare.

Subspecies kaffensis is not globally threatened (Least Concern). This taxon is generally common, but its population and trends are completely unknown.

Subspecies kulalensis is considered Near Threatened. Previously considered Vulnerable, this subspecies has a restricted range, though it is present in Mount Kulal Secondary Area, which has been designated a Biosphere Reserve. Population trends are difficult to determine because of uncertainty over the impacts of habitat modification on population size.

Effects of Human Activity

Habitat destruction and fragmentation may be issues locally for Zosterops poliogastrus kaffensis. Human activity is slowly thinning the available forest for Zosterops poliogastrus kulalensis, by cutting trees for firewood and collecting wild honey, but if anything, this appears to actually favor the species at present. However, if the human population continues to grow, rates of extraction will increase, as will the intensity of cattle-grazing, with potentially negative consequences for this population.


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Recommended Citation

García, N. C., B. van Balen, J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, and G. M. Kirwan (2022). Heuglin's White-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus), 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.heuwhe2.02