Wangi-wangi white-eye

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild News - SB

WHAT IS IT? White-eyes are a fam­ily of trop­i­cal and sub­trop­i­cal birds closely re­lated to war­blers and, more sur­pris­ingly per­haps, swal­lows and mar­tins. They are an adapt­able group and are par­tic­u­larly adept at colonis­ing re­mote oceanic is­lands, many of which have their own en­demic white-eye species.

WHERE IS IT? The Wangi-wangi white­eye is en­demic to a tiny is­land of the same name in Indonesia’s Waka­tobi ar­chi­pel­ago near Su­lawesi. Though other white-eye species oc­cur in the re­gion, the clos­est rel­a­tive of the Wangi-wangi lives more than 3,000km away in the Solomon Is­lands.

Wangi-wangi white-eyes are one of two new species of the genus iden­ti­fied.

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