Zosteropidae – White-eyes

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) by W Kwong

Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) by W Kwong

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35 KJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Zosteropidae – White-eyes

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Species (130)

Striated Yuhina (Yuhina castaniceps) IBC – Drawing Oiseaux
Indochinese Yuhina (Yuhina torqueola) IBC Drawing ©WikiC
Chestnut-crested Yuhina (Yuhina everetti) Oiseaux
White-naped Yuhina (Yuhina bakeri) ©WikiC
Whiskered Yuhina (Yuhina flavicollis) ©WikiC
Burmese Yuhina (Yuhina humilis) ©Drawing WikiC
Stripe-throated Yuhina (Yuhina gularis) ©WikiC
White-collared Yuhina (Yuhina diademata) ©WikiC
Rufous-vented Yuhina (Yuhina occipitalis) ©WikiC
Taiwan Yuhina (Yuhina brunneiceps) ©WikiC
Black-chinned Yuhina (Yuhina nigrimenta) ©WikiC
Chestnut-faced Babbler (Zosterornis whiteheadi) ©WikiC
Luzon Striped Babbler (Zosterornis striatus) IBC
Panay Striped Babbler (Zosterornis latistriatus) OBI
Negros Striped Babbler (Zosterornis nigrorum) Video IBC
Palawan Striped Babbler (Zosterornis hypogrammicus) OBI
Giant White-eye (Megazosterops palauensis) by Margaret Sloan
Bonin White-eye (Apalopteron familiare)  – OBI
Golden White-eye (Cleptornis marchei) Video IBC
Teardrop White-eye (Rukia ruki) ARKive
Long-billed White-eye (Rukia longirostra) Drawing Stamo
Flame-templed Babbler (Dasycrotapha speciosa) IBC – Drawing ©WikiC
Mindanao Pygmy Babbler (Dasycrotapha plateni) Video IBC
Visayan Pygmy Babbler (Dasycrotapha pygmaea) OBI – Drawing ©WikiC
Golden-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus dennistouni) Video IBC – Drawing ©WikiC
Black-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus nigrocapitatus) Video IBC
Rusty-crowned Babbler (Sterrhoptilus capitalis) Video IBC – Drawing ©WikiC
Rufescent Darkeye (Tephrozosterops stalkeri) IBC
Grey-hooded White-eye (Lophozosterops pinaiae) AvianWeb
Mindanao White-eye (Lophozosterops goodfellowi)  – OBI
Streak-headed White-eye (Lophozosterops squamiceps) ©WikiC
Mees’s White-eye (Lophozosterops javanicus)  – OBI
Cream-browed White-eye (Lophozosterops superciliaris) OBI – Drawing ©WikiC
Crested White-eye (Lophozosterops dohertyi)  – OBI
Spot-breasted Heleia (Heleia muelleri)  – OBI
Thick-billed Heleia (Heleia crassirostris)  – OBI – Drawing ©WikiC
Pygmy White-eye (Oculocincta squamifrons)  – OBI
Bare-eyed White-eye (Woodfordia superciliosa) IBC – Drawing ©WikiC
Sanford’s White-eye (Woodfordia lacertosa) LananhBirds
Mountain Blackeye (Chlorocharis emiliae) ©WikiC
Fernando Po Speirops (Zosterops brunneus) Video IBC
Dark-eyed White-eye (Zosterops tetiparius)
Principe Speirops (Zosterops leucophaeus) IBC – Drawing ©WikiC
Black-capped Speirops (Zosterops lugubris) Oiseaux
Mount Cameroon Speirops (Zosterops melanocephalus) Oiseaux – Drawing ©WikiC
Chestnut-flanked White-eye (Zosterops erythropleurus)  – OBI
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus) by DavesBP – Video
Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni) ©WikiC
Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) by Nikhil – Video
Sri Lanka White-eye (Zosterops ceylonensis)  ©WikiC
Rota White-eye (Zosterops rotensis) Video IBC
Bridled White-eye (Zosterops conspicillatus) ©WikiC
Citrine White-eye (Zosterops semperi) by Margaret Sloan
Plain White-eye (Zosterops hypolais) Birding ATW
Enggano White-eye (Zosterops salvadorii)  – OBI
Black-capped White-eye (Zosterops atricapilla) by PEricsson
Everett’s White-eye (Zosterops everetti) by KNickell
Yellowish White-eye (Zosterops nigrorum)  – OBI
Mountain White-eye (Zosterops montanus) – Video
Yellow-ringed White-eye (Zosterops wallacei) ©WikiC
Javan White-eye (Zosterops flavus)  – OBI
Lemon-bellied White-eye (Zosterops chloris)  – OBI
Ashy-bellied White-eye (Zosterops citrinella)  – OBI
Pale-bellied White-eye (Zosterops consobrinorum)  – OBI
Pearl-bellied White-eye (Zosterops grayi)  – OBI
Golden-bellied White-eye (Zosterops uropygialis) OBI
Black-ringed White-eye (Zosterops anomalus) OBI
Cream-throated White-eye (Zosterops atriceps) OBi
Sangihe White-eye (Zosterops nehrkorni) Kaskus
Black-crowned White-eye (Zosterops atrifrons) – OBI
Togian White-eye (Zosterops somadikartai) – OBI
Seram White-eye (Zosterops stalkeri) – OBI
Black-fronted White-eye (Zosterops minor) IBC
Tagula White-eye (Zosterops meeki) Factbook
Bismarck White-eye (Zosterops hypoxanthus) Aviceda
Biak White-eye (Zosterops mysorensis) IBC
Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla) IBC
Buru White-eye (Zosterops buruensis) IBC
Ambon White-eye (Zosterops kuehni)  – OBI
Papuan White-eye (Zosterops novaeguineae) IBC
Yellow-throated White-eye (Zosterops metcalfii) ©Drawing WikiC
Christmas White-eye (Zosterops natalis) by Ian
Canary White-eye (Zosterops luteus) by Ian – Article
Louisiade White-eye (Zosterops griseotinctus) Drawing Oiseaux
Rennell White-eye (Zosterops rennellianus) IBC
Vella Lavella White-eye (Zosterops vellalavella) IBC
Gizo White-eye (Zosterops luteirostris) IBC
Ranongga White-eye (Zosterops splendidus) IBC
Forest White-eye (Zosterops stenocricotus)
Solomons White-eye (Zosterops kulambangrae) ©Drawing WikiC
Kolombangara White-eye (Zosterops murphyi) SAWork
Grey-throated White-eye (Zosterops rendovae) OBI
Malaita White-eye (Zosterops stresemanni) ©©Flickr Hedwig the Owl
Santa Cruz White-eye (Zosterops sanctaecrucis) Drawing Birdlife
Vanikoro White-eye (Zosterops gibbsi) POBirds
Samoan White-eye (Zosterops samoensis) Stamp – Drawing WorldBirds
Fiji White-eye (Zosterops explorator) by TTarrant
Vanuatu White-eye (Zosterops flavifrons) IBC
Small Lifou White-eye (Zosterops minutus) by Ian
Green-backed White-eye (Zosterops xanthochroa) by Ian
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) by Ian – Video
** Lord Howe Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis tephropleurus) ©WikiC
Slender-billed White-eye (Zosterops tenuirostris) Video IBC
Robust White-eye (Zosterops strenuus) Drawing AvianWeb
White-chested White-eye (Zosterops albogularis) ©Drawing WikiC
Large Lifou White-eye (Zosterops inornatus) ©Drawing WikiC
Kosrae White-eye (Zosterops cinereus) Palau
Grey-brown White-eye (Zosterops ponapensis)
Olive-colored White-eye (Zosterops oleagineus) Drawing HDPratt
Dusky White-eye (Zosterops finschii) ©WikiC
Abyssinian White-eye (Zosterops abyssinicus) Oiseaux
Cape White-eye (Zosterops virens) by Ian – Video by KeithB
Orange River White-eye (Zosterops pallidus) by Ian
African Yellow White-eye (Zosterops senegalensis) ©WikiC
Montane White-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus) ©WikiC – Video by KeithB
Kikuyu White-eye (Zosterops kikuyuensis) IBC
Taita White-eye (Zosterops silvanus) IBC
Reunion Grey White-eye (Zosterops borbonicus) ©WikiC
Mauritius Grey White-eye (Zosterops mauritianus) IBC
Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus) ©©Flickr Muchaxo
Annobon White-eye (Zosterops griseovirescens) Museovirtual
Malagasy White-eye (Zosterops maderaspatanus) by DavesBP
Kirk’s White-eye (Zosterops kirki) IBC
Mayotte White-eye (Zosterops mayottensis) ©WikiC
Marianne White-eye (Zosterops semiflavus) ©Drawing WikiC Extinct
Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modestus) ©Drawing WikiC
Karthala White-eye (Zosterops mouroniensis) IBC
Reunion Olive White-eye (Zosterops olivaceus) ©WikiC
Mauritius Olive White-eye (Zosterops chloronothos) ©WikiC – ©Drawing WikiC
Pemba White-eye (Zosterops vaughani)

On the photos or slides, a “by” indicates one of the photographers or videographers, who have given their permission, with links on our sidebar. Please visit their sight to see many more fantastic shots, a “©©” copyright symbol indicates a photo from Creative Commons and ©WikiC is a Creative Commons photo from Wikipedia. “†” indicates the bird is extinct. *LLABS* means it is on Our Life List of All Birds Seen.

Photographers or Videographers used on this page from our sidebar, Photography, are:
Dave’s BirdingPix
Ian Montgomery’s Birdway
Keith Blomerley – Videographer
Kent Nickell
Margaret Sloan
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery
Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II
Peter Ericsson’s Gallery
Tom Tarrant’s Aveceda
William Kwong’s Galleries

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Cape White-eye (Zosterops pallidus)  – A bird feeding on flowers  – by Keith Blomerley

The white-eyes are small passerine birds native to tropical, subtropical and temperate Sub-Saharan Africa, southern and eastern Asia, and Australasia. White-eyes inhabit most tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, the western Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Guinea. Discounting some widespread members of the genus Zosterops, most species are endemic to single islands or archipelagos. The Silvereye, Zosterops lateralis, naturally colonised New Zealand, where it is known as the “Wax-eye” or Tauhau (“stranger”), from 1855. The Silvereye has also been introduced to the Society Islands in French Polynesia, while the Japanese White-eye has been introduced to Hawaii.

White-eyes are mostly of undistinguished appearance, the plumage being generally greenish olive above, and pale grey below. Some species have a white or bright yellow throat, breast or lower parts, and several have buff flanks. As their common name implies, many species have a conspicuous ring of tiny white feathers around their eyes. The scientific name of the group also reflects this latter feature, being derived from the Ancient Greek for “girdle-eye”. They have rounded wings and strong legs. Like many other nectivorous birds, they have slender, pointed bills, and brush-tipped tongues. The size ranges up to 15 cm (6 inches) in length. (Wikipedia)

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