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Rennell White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Zosterops rennellianus

Identification

12 cm. The only White-eye on Rennell.

  • Olive-green upperparts (with little or no yellow above lores and on forehead)
  • Greenish dusky lores
  • Bluish or grey bare skin around eye creating weak eyering
  • Yellowish-green underparts, brightest on throat

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.

Distribution

Endemic to Rennell in southeast Solomon Islands.
Common and widespread in its small range.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species.
Sometimes considered conspecific with Louisiade White-eye. Forms a superspecies with the latter and with Banded White-eye, Ganongga White-eye, Splendid White-eye, Solomons White-eye and possibly Kolombangara White-eye.

Habitat

Moist lowland forests, also in regrowth and scrub.

Behaviour

Diet

Feeds on insects, small seeds and a variety of small fruits.
Forages quietly in pairs or small flocks, often close to mixed-species flocks. Searches for prey in lower and middle storeys, creeping along trunks and branches, often similar to a nuthatch.

Breeding

Poorly known. The nest is cup-shaped and made of dead leaves and moss. It's suspended from a horizontal fork 1 m above the ground. Lays 2 eggs.

Movements

Nothing known.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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