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



In general, this species inhabits woodland, forest edges, and also cultivated areas. Zosterops poliogastrus poliogastrus and kaffensis can be found in woodland, forest edges (including younger areas and second growth) in highlands, as well as isolated patches of trees, gardens, and cultivations, mostly between 1,340–3,640 m above sea level (19), and above 1,800 m above sea level in South Sudan (20). Subspecies kulalensis from Mt. Kulal (Kenya) has been mainly recorded in forest edges, cultivated areas, and wet bush at 1,500–2,230 m, with the highest densities in clearings and areas of low-stature forest with a discontinuous canopy. During the dry season, this subspecies is found only in montane forest, where it is more abundant in glades than in closed-canopy forest, while during the wet season it occupies forest and drier bush at lower altitudes, preferring young tree formations with thicker vegetation, and thus less restricted to mature forest than was previously thought (21).

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