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Ambon White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Hila Ambon, Indonesia, August 2006

Alternative names: Ambon Yellow White-eye; Amboina White-eye; Kühn's White-eye

Zosterops kuehni



  • Olive-green top of head and upperparts, forecrown more dusky
  • Dull black lores and distinctive streak under eye
  • White eyering broken at front by blackish loral line
  • Blackish-brown flight-feathers and tail feathers, broadly margined with olive-green
  • Yellow chin, throat and undertail-coverts
  • Greyish-white rest of underparts
  • Bill black above, greyish below

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Ambon and Seram Islands, Indonesia.
A restricted-range species. Moderately common on Ambon, only known from one specimen on Seram.


This is a monotypic species.


Moist lowland forests, moist shrubland, and rural gardens.
Occurs from sea-level up to 500m.


No information about diet.
Usually seen in pairs or small groups. A fairly active bird with rather delicate movements.
No information about breeding or movements.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453

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