Wild Birds

Golden-bellied White-eye

The Golden-bellied White-eyes (Zosterops uropygialis) – also known as Kai White-eyes or Little Kai White-eyes – are endemic to the islands of Kai Kecil (or Little Kai Island) and Tual in the eastern Banda Sea, Indonesia. They are found in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

They are closely related to the Pearl-bellied White-eye (Zosterops grayi) and are by some considered conspecific (the same species).

This Golden-bellied White-eyes species is threatened by habitat destruction mostly due to its small range which is restricted to just two islands.

However, within their tiny range, they remain fairly common and appear to have adapted well to degraded habitats.

Nonetheless, they are vulnerable to extinction and are, therefore, currently listed as Near Threatened.

Alternate (Global) Names

Chinese: ????? … Czech: kruhoo?ko lesní, Kruhoocko zlatobriché … Danish: Lille Kei-brillefugl … Dutch: Toealbrilvogel, Toeal-brilvogel … Finnish: Kultavatsarilli … French: Zostérops de Kai, Zostérops de la Petite Kaï, Zostérops de Petite Kaï … German: Taul Brillenvogel, Tualbrillenvogel … Indonesian: Kacamata Kai-kecil … Italian: Occhialino panciadorata, Occhialino ventredorato … Japanese: oguromejiro … Norwegian: Kaikecilbrillefugl … Polish: szlarnik zlotobrzuchy, szlarnik z?otobrzuchy … Slovak: okánik zlatobruchý … Spanish: Anteojitos de la Pequeña Kai, Ojiblanco de Pico Dorado … Swedish: Kaikecilglasögonfågel

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