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A new species of White-eye Zosterops and notes on other birds from Vanikoro, Solomon Islands
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2008
© 2008 The Author. Journal compilation © 2008 British Ornithologists’ Union
Volume 150, Issue 4, pages 698–706, October 2008
How to Cite
DUTSON, G. (2008), A new species of White-eye Zosterops and notes on other birds from Vanikoro, Solomon Islands. Ibis, 150: 698–706. doi: 10.1111/j.1474-919X.2008.00834.x
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2008
- Received 19 March 2007; revision accepted 7 April 2008.
- endemic bird;
- Santa Cruz Islands;
A new species of white-eye, the Vanikoro White-eye Zosterops gibbsi, is described from the island of Vanikoro (= Vanikolo) in the Santa Cruz Islands (= Temotu Province) within the Solomon Islands. It differs from the geographically closest white-eye, the Santa Cruz White-eye Zosterops sanctaecrucis, by a number of features including a much longer bill, and different leg- and eye-ring colour. This is the second bird species endemic to Vanikoro; the neighbouring Nendo Island supports three endemic species. Although the conservation status of this species appears to be secure, the Santa Cruz Islands are very poorly known. Despite supporting several globally threatened species, the Islands at present are not protected by any conservation activity.