email a friend
printable version
LC
White-breasted White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus

IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1988 Lower Risk/Least Concern

Species attributes

Migratory status not a migrant Forest dependency Medium
Land mass type   Average mass -

Distribution

  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 1,050,000
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals Unknown not applicable Not Applicable 0
Population trend Unknown -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 3.5 - - -
Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common (Fry and Keith 2000).
Trend justification: The population trend is difficult to determine because of uncertainty over the impacts of habitat modification on population sizes.

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Djibouti Native Extant       Yes
Eritrea Native Extant       Yes
Ethiopia Native Extant       Yes
Kenya Native Extant       Yes
Oman Native Extant       Yes
Saudi Arabia Native Extant       Yes
Somalia Native Extant       Yes
Sudan Native Extant       Yes
Tanzania Native Extant       Yes
Yemen Native Extant       Yes

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Djibouti Forêt de Day site factsheet
Djibouti Mabla site factsheet
Eritrea Asmara escarpment site factsheet
Eritrea Ghinda site factsheet
Eritrea Semenawi Bahri site factsheet
Eritrea Western Plain: Barka river site factsheet
Eritrea Western Plain: Gash - Setit site factsheet
Ethiopia Arero forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Awash National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Bogol Manyo - Dolo site factsheet
Ethiopia Dawa - Wachile site factsheet
Ethiopia Genale river site factsheet
Ethiopia Mankubsa - Welenso forest site factsheet
Ethiopia Omo National Park site factsheet
Ethiopia Yabello Sanctuary site factsheet
Kenya Amboseli National Park site factsheet
Kenya Lake Baringo site factsheet
Kenya Lake Bogoria National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya Lower Tana River Forests site factsheet
Kenya Machakos valleys site factsheet
Kenya Meru National Park site factsheet
Kenya Mwea National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya Nairobi National Park site factsheet
Kenya Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves site factsheet
Kenya Shaba National Reserve site factsheet
Kenya South Nguruman site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo East National Park site factsheet
Kenya Tsavo West National Park site factsheet
Somalia Balcad Nature Reserve site factsheet
Somalia Boorama plains site factsheet
Somalia Daalo site factsheet
Somalia Far Waamo site factsheet
Somalia Gacan Libaax site factsheet
Somalia Jowhar - Warshiikh site factsheet
Somalia Laag Badaana site factsheet
Somalia Xawaadley reservoir site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Eyasi site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Manyara National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Lake Natron and Engaruka basin site factsheet
Tanzania Longido Game Controlled Area site factsheet
Tanzania Mkomazi Game Reserve site factsheet
Tanzania Ngorongoro Conservation Area site factsheet
Tanzania Nyumba ya Mungu reservoir site factsheet
Tanzania Tarangire National Park site factsheet
Tanzania Udzungwa National Park site factsheet
Yemen Wadi Ayhaft, Socotra site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Terrestrial Rural Gardens suitable resident
Forest Subtropical/Tropical Dry major resident
Savanna Dry major resident
Altitude 1500 - 1800 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Zosterops abyssinicus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 22/09/2014.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

To provide new information to update this factsheet or to correct any errors, please email BirdLife

To contribute to discussions on the evaluation of the IUCN Red List status of Globally Threatened Birds, please visit BirdLife's Globally Threatened Bird Forums.

Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Zosteropidae (White-eyes)
Species name author Guérin-Méneville, 1843
Population size Unknown mature individuals
Population trend Unknown
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 1,050,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species
- Projected distributions under climate change