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Monday, March 10, 2008

New Species: Togian White-eye

Image Source: National Geographic

A new white-eye (Zosterops) from the Togian Islands, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Here is the abstract from the Wilson Journal of Ornithology

We encountered white-eyes (Zosterops) that did not match any known species during ornithological field observations in the Togian Islands, Gulf of Tomini, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Subsequently, we collected a specimen and made tape recordings. We consider the Zosterops of the Togian Islands to be a new species that differs most strikingly from the Black-crowned White-eye (Z. atrifrons) in lacking a white eye ring and in soft-part colors. The new species has a somewhat higher-pitched, less modulated song than Z. atrifrons. It seems uncommon and has been encountered only near sea level on three small islands, and it may be best considered Endangered.

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