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White-eyes

Family Zosteropidae

Some authorities combine the white-eyes with the True Babblers into the family Timaliidae. Within Australia there are four endemic species, the Christmas Island White-eye Zosterops natalis, Yellow White-eye Z. luteus, White-chested White-eye Z. albogularis and Slender-billed White-eye Z. tenuirostris. The most widely distributed is the Silvereye Z. lateralis The Ashy-bellied White-eye Z. citrinellais found on islands of north-eastern Qld and the Torres Strait, as well as in Indonesia. The endemic Robust White-eye Z. strenuus of LHI has been declared extinct. All members of the genus Zosterops are yellow to grey with a conspicuous ring of white feathers around the eye.

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