Seychelles gray whiteeye

Zosterops modestus

TAXONOMY

Zosterops modestus Newton, 1867, Mahé, Seychelles. Monotypic. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Seychelles white-eye, Seychelles brown white-eye; French: Zostérops des Seychelles, German: Mahébrillenvogel; Spanish: Ojiblanco de Seychelles.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Length 3.9 in (10 cm). A dull olive-gray bird with obscure eye-ring.

DISTRIBUTION

Mahe and Conception Islands of Seychelles. HABITAT

Mixed secondary forest between 1,000 and 2,000 ft (300-600 m), confined to about 2 mi2 (5 km2) on Mahe.

BEHAVIOR

Very active in small flocks, giving contact calls frequently. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

Feed on small insects and berries among shrubs, and search bark crevices of trees for arthropod prey.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Nests in Oct-Nov and Feb-Mar at start and end of monsoon season. Clutch size is two.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Critically Endangered. Fewer than 100 left on Mahe but common on the small island of Conception.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Has the conservation value of being the only species of white-eye left on Seychelles, as the Seychelles yellow white-eye, the Seychelles race of the chestnut-sided white-eye, Z. mayottensis semiflavus, on Marianne is extinct since about 1890. ♦

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