New Species – Darwin’s Finches Reinacted?

A Wangi Wangi white eye (nearest) is held up for comparison next to a lemon bellied white eye (Zosterops chloris)

January 26, 2004

“It’s almost certainly a new species, or the first ever subspecies of the pale-bellied white eye,” she said. “While it could also be a feral escape population from elsewhere, we don’t think this is the case as we’ve found no other bird that matches its description.”

“The Wangi Wangi white eye is almost half as big again,” Marples explained. “The beak is big and yellow rather than small and black, while it has grey on the breast instead of being entirely white. It also has very pale feet which is most unusual.”

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