Zosterops semiflava   (Newton)


 
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Seychelles Chestnut-flanked White-eye
(Zosterops semiflava)

 
syn. Zosterops mayottensis semiflava (Newton)

 
distribution:

Seychelles: La Digue (?), Mahe (?), Marianne, Praslin (?), Silhouette (?), Southeast Island (?)

 
local name: -

 
size: 10 cm (length)

extinction date: shortly after 1892

 
Almost nothing is known about this bird, neither about its life nor about its exactly distribution, its extinction date is also unknown. Anyway the last specimens have been collected in the year 1892.

Presumably the species felt victim to the destruction of its habitat for coconut-plantations.

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The second White-eye species of the Seychelles, the Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modesta) was also believed to be extinct, but could be found again in the years araound 1960. However it stays rare.

 
left:

Seychelles Chestnut-flanked White-eye (Zosterops semiflava) (below), together with the Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modesta)


Depiction from 'G. E. Shelley: The birds of Africa, comprising all the species which occur in the Ethiopian region. Vol. 2, London, Published for the author by R. H. Porter, 1900'

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References:

- Dieter Luther: Die ausgestorbenen Vögel der Welt. Westarp Wissenschaften 1986