Giant White-eye

Megazosterops palauensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

MEGPAL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Near Threatened

The Giant White-eye has a very small range of just 410 square kilometers. This white-eye species is endemic to Palau and only occurs on the islands of Peleliu and Ngeruktabl. The size of the population is estimated to be about 13,900 individuals, and it occurs in forest, especially in areas with vine tangles. This species has been given a conservation rating of Near Threatened on account of its tiny range, and a slowly declining, small population. If the invasive Brown Tree Snake is introduced to the same habitat as the Giant White-eye, it could quickly become critically endangered.

SUMMARY

Overview

Giant White-eye: Small, olive, warbler-like bird with an indistinct yellow eyering, and olive-gray on the face. Large, sharp, very slightly decurved orange-yellow bill. Medium wings. Short to medium, square-tipped tail. Sexes and juvenile similar.


Range and Habitat

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Giant White-eye SONGS AND CALLS

Giant White-eye QQ2

Song is a loud collection of trills and upslurred whistles.

Giant White-eye QQ1

Chattering "sheeee-e-e-e" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"sheeee-e-e-e"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Giant White-eye has other common names, including Palau Greater White-eye, Palau White-eye, and Large Palau White-eye.
  • The Palauan name for this species is "Charmdebel ra Yaoldaob."
  • This species was first described in 1915 in Palau by German ornithologist A. Reichenow.
  • A group of white-eyes is collectively known as, a "ring" and a "spectacle" of white-eyes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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