Wild Birds

Bismarck White-eyes or Black-headed White-eyes (Zosterops hypoxanthus)

Bismarck White-eyes or Black-headed White-eyes (Zosterops hypoxanthus)

The Bismarck White-eyes or Black-headed White-eyes (Zosterops hypoxanthus) are sometimes considered conspecific (to be the same species) as the Black-fronted White-eye of the mainland of New Guinea.

Distribution / Range

They are endemic to the Bismarck Archipelago (western Pacific Ocean) in Papua New Guinea, where they occur in New Britain, New Ireland, and a number of smaller islands.

They are found in forests, forest edges, secondary forests, gardens, and plantations, generally in hill and mountain areas and more rarely down to sea level.

Description

It has a black face, dark olive neck, back and wings, an olive rump with a black tail (paler in some subspecies), and bright yellow undersides. The white eye ring is bright but incomplete, broken at the front.

Females and males look alike.

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