Long-billed White-eye

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Long-billed White-eye
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Zosteropidae
Genus:Rukia
Species:R. longirostra
Binomial name
Rukia longirostra
(Taka-Tsukasa & Yamashina, 1931)
 
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Long-billed White-eye
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Zosteropidae
Genus:Rukia
Species:R. longirostra
Binomial name
Rukia longirostra
(Taka-Tsukasa & Yamashina, 1931)

The Long-billed White-eye (Rukia longirostra) is a species of bird in the Zosteropidae family. It is endemic to the island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Its natural habitats are subtropical and tropical moist forests, and plantations. It is threatened by habitat loss.

It has a curious nuthatch-like behavior of creeping along large tree limbs, and seems particularly specialized in using its long, slightly decurved bill to extract arthropods from the severed ends of branches.

Long-billed White-eye seems quite distinct in both plumage, structure, and habits from other Rukia and may deserve a change of genus, possibly to Zosterops.

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