Taita White-eye Zosterops silvanus


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del Hoyo, J,, Collar, N., and Kirwan, G.M. 2020. Taita White-eye (Zosterops silvanus), version 1.0. In: J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, (eds), Birds of the World, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

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Mulwa, R. K., Bennun, L. A., Ogol, C. K. P. O., Lens, L. 2007. Population status and distribution of Taita White-eye Zosterops silvanus in the fragmented forests of Taita Hills and Mount Kasigau, Kenya. Bird Conservation International 17: 141-150.

Wakesa, C., Kirui, B.K., Maranga, E.K., and Maturi, G. 2020. The Fate of Taita Hills Forest Fragments: Evaluation of Forest Cover Change between 1973 and 2016 Using Landsat Imagery. Open Journal of Forestry 10: 22-38.

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BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Zosterops silvanus. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.