Sangkar White-eye Zosterops melanurus

Panji G. Akbar and Bas van Balen
Version: 2.0 — Published June 18, 2020


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Endemic to Java and Bali, recently found in Madura (A. Yanuar & A. Satriyono, personal communication). Reported from almost every national park throughout Java, including Gunung Merapi, Baluran, and Bromo-Tengger-Semeru, as well as several cities such as Jakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya (eBird, 2020). Subspecies buxtoni is restricted to the west of Cianjur, West Java (12).

Historical Changes to the Distribution

Increasingly difficult to find, and has been extirpated from many areas due to heavy trapping, including Yogyakarta (13) and Bandung (14), but no published information regarding the extent of its disappearance. Possibly colonized Jakarta in recent decades (BvB), likely due to escaped cagebirds adapting to the novel environment (15). A single individual was found by T. Lund in Anak Krakatau in 1990, but not considered to be resident (16).

Recommended Citation

Akbar, P. G. and B. van Balen (2020). Sangkar White-eye (Zosterops melanurus), 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.sanwhe2.02