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Alternative names: Pohnpei White-eye; Large Ponapé White-eye; Ponapé White-eye

Rukia longirostra


13cm. A distinctive white eye.

  • Long, thin and decurved bill
  • Buffy olive upperparts
  • Slightly greener on head
  • Narrow eyering
  • Blackish-brown flight-feathers and tail feathers with olive to brownish margins
  • Much lighter underparts, buffy, strongest on flanks
  • Chin, throat and centre of underparts slightly tinged greenish-yellow

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to Pohnpei in the east-central Caroline Islands (Federated States of Micronesia).
A widespread but uncommon restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
Rukia sanfordi is a synonym to the current scientific name.


Moist forest and plantations above 600m.


No information on diet, feeds probably on insects.
Forages quietly in the canopy, often with Pohnpei White-eye.
Birds with enlarged gonads recorded in December and February, an immature seen in April. No other information on breeding.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  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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