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Taita White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Zosterops silvanus


11–11·3 cm (4¼-4½ in)

  • Broad white eyering
  • Yellow supraloral band
  • Green crown and upperparts
  • Blackish-brown flight feathers and primary-coverts, with greenish edges
  • Pale yellow Axillaries
  • Dark brown tail has green outer edges
  • Greenish-yellow chin and throat
  • Grey breast to belly and flanks
  • Greenish-yellow undertail covertts
  • White underwing coverts has a yellowish tinge


Africa: found in South East Kenya (Taita Hills)


This is a monotypic species[1]. This species was previously included in the Broad-ringed White-eye complex.


Found on the edges of highland forests, gardens and scrub, Mostly found in tall trees that have moss-covered branches. Areas with many flowers and fruit.



Little is known on detail, but they are likely to eat insects, berries and nectar.


There is no information regarding breeding behaviour, but it is thought they breed all through the year.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Taita White-eye (Zosterops silvanus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.brrwhe4.01

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