Wangi Wangi White-eyes

Wangi Wangi White-eyes (Zosterops paruhbesar)

The Wangi Wangi White-eyes (Zosterops paruhbesar) is a recently discovered endangered bird of the white-eye family.

Wangi Wangi White-eyes
Wangi Wangi White-eye on the Tree


The Wangi Wangi White-eyes was found in 2003 near the village of Wanci on Sulawesi Island and Wangi Wangi Island after which the bird has been provisionally named.

The island is part of the Tukangbesi Islands to the south-east of Sulawesi in Indonesia.


The bird is similar to the Sulawesi White-eye (Zosterops consobrinorum, also known as Pale-bellied White-eye) and may be a subspecies of it. However, it has several differences including a larger size, a black body, a long yellow beak, a grey breast, and pale feet.

Like most white-eyes, it has a white ring around the eye and green upperparts.

It is also known as the Sulawesi white eye.


Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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