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Bonin White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Bonin Honeyeater; Bonin Islands White-eye

Apalopteron familiare

Identification

13.5cm.

  • Olive green upperparts
  • Pale yellow underparts
  • Grey flanks
  • White eye rim
  • Black mask
  • Black legs

Distribution

Endemic to the Bonin Islands, Japan.

Taxonomy

The familiy placement of this species was long unsure. It was first believed to be a Bulbul, the placed with the Old World Babblers or the Old World Warblers and then put into the Honeyeaters. However, recent study shows, that it's more closely related to the White-eyes and should be placed there (See this discussion).

Subspecies[1]

There are 2 subspecies:

  • A. f. familiare on Muko-jima (Northern Bonin Islands), probably extinct.
  • A. f. hahasima on several islands in the Southern Bonins.

Habitat

Forest edge, bushes, plantations and gardens.

Behaviour

Diet

The diet includes papaya, banana, other fruits and flowers.

Breeding

They nest in the fork of a tree or in cavities.

Vocalisation

Whistling calls.

References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. BirdLife International

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