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Babblers, Yuhinas, White-Eyes

Order Passeriformes     Family Zosteropidae 


The white-eyes are small 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.

White-eyes are mostly of undistinguished appearance, the plumage being generally greenish olive above, and pale gray below. Some species have a white or bright yellow throat, breast or lower parts, and several have buff flanks. They have rounded wings and strong legs. They have slender, pointed bills, and brush-tipped tongues.[1] The size ranges up to 15 cm in length. All the species of white-eyes are sociable, forming large flocks which only separate on the approach of the breeding season. Though mainly insectivorous, they eat nectar and fruits of various kinds.

Genus Apalopteron - 1 species

White-eye,_Bonin  Apalopteron familiare  Found: Ogasawara Islands (formerly Bonin Islands) of Japan
Image by: 1) John Lathan  2) Tomohide_shimura



Genus Chlorocharis - 1 species

Black-eye,_Mountain  Chlorocharis emiliae  Found: Borneo
Image by: 1) Nigel_Voaden



Genus Cleptornis - 1 species

White-eye,_Golden  Cleptornis marchei  Found: Northern Mariana Islands (near Guam)
Image by: 1) Peter  2) Ltshears



Genus Dasycrotapha

Babbler,_Flame-templed  Dasycrotapha speciosa  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) tebanwuds


Babbler,_Mindanao  also Mindanao Pygmy Babbler   Dasycrotapha plateni  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Nobuo_Matsumura


Babbler,_Visayan also Visayan Pygmy Babbler  Dasycrotapha pygmaea  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Rob Hutchinson



Genus Heleia

White-eye,_Flores also Thick-billed Heleia  Heleia crassirostris  Found: islands of Sumbawa and Flores of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Achmad_Ridha_Junaid - Flores


White-eye,_Spot-breasted  also  Spot-breasted Heleia  Heleia muelleri  Found: Timor
Image by: 1) James_Eaton - West Timor of Indonesia



Genus Lophozosterops
Found : Islands of The Philippines and Indonesia
They are generally restricted to one or a few islands.

White-eye,_Cream-browed  Lophozosterops superciliaris  Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Ingo_Waschkies - Flores of Indonesia


White-eye,_Dark-crowned also Crested Ibon  Lophozosterops dohertyi  Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Ron_Knight  2) Feri_Irawan


White-eye,_Gray-hooded  Lophozosterops pinaiae  Found: Seram Island of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Marcel_Holyoak  2) Pierre-Henri_Fabre


White-eye,_Javan_Gray-throated also Gray-throated Ibon  Lophozosterops javanicus  Found: Java and Bali of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Lip_Kee - Java  2) Adhy_Maruly - Java


White-eye,_Mindanao  also Mindanao Ibon  Lophozosterops goodfellowi  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Nobuo_Matsumura - Mindanao of The Philippines


White-eye,_Streak-headed also Streak-headed Ibon  Lophozosterops squamiceps  Found: Sulawesi of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Peter_Ericsson  2) Ariefrahman - North Sulawesi



Genus Megazosterops - 1 species

White-eye,_Giant  Megazosterops palauensis  Found: Palau - island country in western Pacific Ocean
Image by: 1) Devonpike



Genus Oculocincta - 1 species

White-eye,_Pygmy  also  Pygmy Ibon  Oculocincta squamifrons  Found: north Borneo
Image by: 1) Michelle_and_Peter_Wong



Genus Rukia

White-eye,_Truk  Rukia ruki  Found: Chuuk (Truk) atoll in Micronesia.
Image by: 1) Nauru_Post


White-eye,_Long-billed  Rukia longirostra  Found: island of Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia.
Image by: 1) Nauru Post



Genus Sterrhoptilus
Found : Philippines

Babbler,_Black-crowned  Sterrhoptilus nigrocapitatus  Found: Philippines
The Black-crowned Babbler has brownish-gray upperparts; black crown; whitish underparts.
Image by: 1) hbw,com


Babbler,_Golden-crowned  Sterrhoptilus dennistouni  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Marijn_Prins - Luzon


Babbler,_Rusty-crowned  Sterrhoptilus capitalis  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Joseph_Smit  2) Ramon_Quisumbing



Genus Tephrozosterops - 1 species

White-eye,_Rufescent  Tephrozosterops stalkeri  Found: island of Seram in Indonesia
Image by: 1) James Eaton



Genus Woodfordia
Found: Solomon Islands

White-eye,_Bare-eyed  Woodfordia superciliosa  Found: Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) Henrik_Gronvold  2) Tony_Morris


White-eye,_Sanford's  Woodfordia lacertosa  Found: Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) hbw.com



Genus Yuhina
Found: Asia
The yuhinas were previous placed in the Old World babbler family Timaliidae.

Yuhina,_Black-chinned   Yuhina nigrimenta  Found: Indian subcontinent to Southeast Asia
Image by: by: 1) Dibyendu_Ash - India  2) Fisherbray


Yuhina,_Burmese   Yuhina humilis  Found: Myanmar, Thailand
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Gary_Kinard


Yuhina,_Chestnut-crested   Yuhina everetti  Found: Borneo
The Chestnut-crested Yuhina has olive-gray upperparts; chestnut crown, nape; white underparts.
Image by:1, 2) Tom Tarrant - Malaysia  3) Karim_Madoya - Borneo


Yuhina,_Indochinese also  Chestnut-collared Yuhina   Yuhina torqueola  Found: northeast Indian subcontinent to western Southeast Asia
The Indochinese Yuhina is also consider a subspecies of the Striated Yuhina.
Image by: 1) zhongying_koay  2) Michelle_and_Peter_Wong


Yuhina,_Rufous-vented   Yuhina occipitalis  Found:Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Tibet
The Rufous-vented Yuhina has grayish-brown upperparts; rufous crest, vent; pale underparts.
Image by:1, 2) Francesco_Veronesi - Buhtan


Yuhina,_Striated   Yuhina castaniceps  Found:
The Striated Yuhina has brown upperparts, creast; rufous face.
Image by: 1) Dibyendu_Ash - India  2) Francesco Veronesi


Yuhina,_Stripe-throated   Yuhina gularis  Found: Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia
Image by: 1) Karen_Jordan  2) Francesco_Veronesi


Yuhina, Taiwan  Yuhina brunneiceps  Found: Taiwan
Image by:  1) Robert tdc  2, 3) Hiyashi Haka


Yuhina,_Whiskered   Yuhina flavicollis  Found: northern India to Southeast Asia
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Thailand  2) Yathin - India  3) soumyajit_nandy - India


Yuhina,_White-collared   Yuhina diademata  Found: China, Myanmar, Vietnam
Image by: 1) Ron_Knight - China  2) Duncan_Wright


Yuhina,_White-naped   Yuhina bakeri  Found:Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal
Image by: 1) Kannas_AS - India  2) Francesco_Veronesi - Bhutan



Genus Zosterops
There are many species of white-eyes in this genus because they may evolve differing traits faster than any other bird species.

Silvereye Zosterops lateralis Found: Australia, New Zealand
Image by:  1, 2) David Cook - Rocky Hall, NSW, Australia  3, 4) Dick Daniels  5) Charlie Westerinen - Wagga Wagga, Australia




Speirops,_Bioko   Zosterops brunneus  Found: Bioko Island of Equatorial Guinea
The Bioko has dark brown upperparts; lighter underparts; no white eye-ring.
Image by: 1) hbw.com


Speirops,_Black-capped   Zosterops lugubris  Found: São Tomé and Príncipe - off west coast of Afrcca
Image by: 1) Muchaxo


Speirops,_Cameroon   Zosterops melanocephalus  Found: Cameroon
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Nigel_Voaden


Speirops,_Principe   Zosterops leucophoeus  Found: São Tomé and Príncipe - off west coast of Afrcca
Image by: 1) Henrik_Gronvold  2) Klaus_Ewald


White-eye,  African Yellow  Zosterops senegalensis  Found: Africa
Image by: 1) Dick Daniels near Kruger National Park, South Africa   2, 3) Dick near Kruger National Park,


White-eye,_Aldabra   Zosterops aldabrensis  Found: Aldabra and Astove islands (Indian Ocean)
Image by: 1) Post_of_Seychelles


White-eye,_Ambon   Zosterops kuehni  Found:
Image by: 1) Dubi_Shapiro - Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia


White-eye,_Annobon   Zosterops griseovirescens  Found: Equatorial Guinea in Afica
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Ashy-bellied   Zosterops citrinella  Found: islands northwest of Australia
Image by: 1) Germandemat  2) Dubi_Shapiro


White-eye,_Australian_Yellow also Yellow White-eye  Zosterops luteus  Found: northern Australia
Image by: 1) Tom_Tarrant - Northern Territory  2) Dave Curtis - NWT


White-eye,_Banded   Zosterops vellalavella  Found: Solomon Islands
The Banded White-eye has yellowish-olive upperparts; split eye-ring; dark lores.
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Biak   Zosterops mysorensis  Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1) Nigel Voaden


White-eye,_Black-capped   Zosterops atricapilla  Found: Borneo, Malay peninsular; Sumatra
The Black-capped White-eye has olive-green upperparts; blackish forecrown, forehead; bold white eye-ring.
Image by: 1, 2) Lip_Kee - East Malaysia


White-eye,_Black-crowned   Zosterops atrifrons  Found: Indonesia
Image by: 1) Ariefrahman - North Sulawesi  2) Batin_Tuwuilu


White-eye,_Black-fronted   Zosterops minor  Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) hbw.com


White-eye,_Black-ringed   Zosterops anomalus  Found: Sulawesi of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi  2) Kama Jaya Shagir


White-eye,_Bridled   Zosterops conspicillatus  Found: Northern Mariana Islands - in western Pacific near Guam
Image by: 1) Peter


White-eye,_Broad-winged also Montane White-eye  Zosterops poliogastrus  Found: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania
Image by: 1) Characters  2) Herr_P


White-eye, Cape    Zosterops pallidus  Found: Africa
Image by:  1) Arno Meintjes  2, 3) Dick Daniels - Plettenberg Bay, South Africa  4) Cristiano Crolle - Knysna, South Africa


White-eye,_Caroline_Islands   Zosterops semperi  Found: Micronesia (western Pacific)
Image by: 1) Tony_Morris


White-eye,_Chestnut-flanked   Zosterops erythropleurus  Found: China, northern Southeast Asia
The Chestnut-flanked White-eye has chestnut patch on flanks; rest underparts whitish; bold white eye-ring; dark lores.
Image by: 1) Ayuwat_Jearwattanakanok  2) Jason_Thompson - Thailand


White-eye,_Christmas_Island  also Christmas White-eye  Zosterops natalis  Found: Christmas Island (off northwest Australian coast)
Image by: 1) Joseph_Smit  2) Cherry Wong


White-eye,_Comoro   Zosterops mouroniensis  Found: island of Grand Comore in the Comoros (near Madagascar)
Image by: 1) Paul_van_Giersbergen


White-eye,_Cream-throated   Zosterops atriceps  Found: northern Moluccas of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Simon_van_der_Meulen  2) Oleg_Chernyshov


White-eye,_Enganno   Zosterops salvadorii  Found: Enggano and Mega islands of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Filip_Verbelen - Enggano Island


White-eye,_Everett's   Zosterops everetti  Found: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand
Image by: 1) Adolf_Meyer  2) Neil_Konrad_III_Binayao  3) zulkifli_ishak


White-eye,_Ganongga also Splendid White-eye  Zosterops splendidus  Found: Solomon Islands (near New Guinea)
Image by: 1) C_Filardi


White-eye,_Gray-brown   Zosterops cinereus  Found: Micronesia
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Great_Kai also  Pearl-bellied White-eye  Zosterops grayi  Found: Kai islands of Indonesia
Image by: 1) James Eaton


White-eye,_Green-backed   Zosterops xanthochroa  Found: New Caldonia (northeast of Australia)
The Green-backed White-eye has dark olive-green head, back; wide white eye-ring; dark lores; yellow throat, upper-breast;white rest underparts.
Image by: 1) Papier_K  2) Thierry_Baboulenne


White-eye, Japanese Zosterops japonicus   Found: Asia, Hawaii (introduced)
Image by: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8) DIck Daniels - Hawaii    4) Dick - Butterfly World - Florida


White-eye,_Javan   Zosterops flavus  Found: Indonesia, Malaysia
Image by: 1) FaithPR


White-eye,_Kulambangra also Kolombangara White-eye  Zosterops murphyi  Found: Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Large_Lifou   Zosterops inornatus  Found: New Caledonia (east of Australia)
Image by: 1) Nancy Bell - Lifou Island


White-eye,_Layard's also Fiji White-eye  Zosterops explorator  Found: Fiji
Image by: 1) Tom_Tarrant


White-eye,_Lemon-bellied   Zosterops chloris  Found:Indonesian islands from the Sunda Strait to the Aru Islands
The Lemon-bellied White-eye has yellow-olive upperparts; bright yellow underparts;  dark gray legs, bill.
Image by: 1) Lip_Kee


White-eye,_Little_Kai also Golden-bellied White  Zosterops uropygialis  Found: Kai Islands in Indonesia
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Louisiade   Zosterops griseotinctus  Found: New Guinea islands to the east of mainland
Image by: 1) Rémi Bigonneau


White-eye,_Lord_Howe   Zosterops tephropleurus  Found: Lord Howe Island (part of New South Wales AU)
Image by: 1) Toby_Hudson  2) lienvg


White-eye,_Lowland   Zosterops meyeni  Found: Philippines, Taiwan
Image by: 1) characters  2) Peiwen_Chang - Taiwan


White-eye, Madagascar  also  Madagascar White-eye  Zosterops maderaspatanus  Found: Madagascar and nearby islands
Image by: 1, 2) Dick Daniels - Ranomafana, Madagascar


White-eye,_Malaitia   Zosterops stresemanni  Found: Malaita island, in Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) Rob_Moyle


White-eye,_Mauritius also Mauritius Olive White-eye  Zosterops chloronothos  Found: Mauritius - east of Madagascar
Image by: 1) Jerry_Oldenettel  2) Eliane_Küpfer (wild, but friendly)


White-eye,__Mauritius_Gray   Zosterops mauritianus  Found: Mauritius - east of Madagascar
Image by: 1, 2) gailhampshire  3) dany13


White-eye,_Mayotte   Zosterops mayottensis  Found: Comoros Islands - northwest of Madagascar
Image by: 1, 2) Cécile Pheulpin


White-eye,_Moheli   Zosterops comorensis  Found: Mohéli (Comoro Islands - off east coast Africa)
Image by: 1) Ken_Behrens


White-eye,_Mountain   Zosterops montanus  Found: islands of Malesia (Indonesia) and the Philippines
Image by: 1. 2) Francesco_Veronesi - Mindanao


White-eye,_New_Guinea   Zosterops novaeguineae  Found: New Guinea
The New Guinea White-eye has dark yellowish olive-green upperparts; narrow white eye-ring; dark lores; yellow chin, throat, upper-breast; satin-white rest of underparts; black bill.
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) Geoff_Jones


White-eye,_Orange_River   Zosterops pallidus  Found: South Africa
Image by: 1) Johann_du_Preez


White-eye, Oriental  Zosterops palpebrosus  Found: Asia
Image by: 1) Bhardwaj Shanthanu - Singapore  2) Jcwf    3, 4) JM Garg - India


White-eye,_Pemba   Zosterops vaughani  Found: Tanzania
Image by: 1) Per Holmen


White-eye,_Plain   Zosterops hypolais  Found: Micronesia
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Rennell   Zosterops rennellianus  Found: Rennell Island in Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) John_and_Jemi_Holmes


White-eye,_Reunion   Zosterops borbonicus  Found: Reunion - east of Madagascar
Image by: 1) benoitnabholz  2) Jerry_Oldenettel


White-eye,_Rota   Zosterops rotensis  Found: Northern Mariana Islands - near Guam
Image by: 1) Nauru Post


White-eye,_Sangihe   Zosterops nehrkorni  Found: Sangihe, Indonesia.
Image by: 1) Adolf_Meyer


White-eye,_Santa_Cruz   Zosterops santaecrucis  Found: Solomon Islands
The Vanikoro White-eye differs from the Santa Cruz White-eye by a much longer bill and different eye-ring color.
Image by: 1) hbw.com  2) Pinned


White-eye,_Sao_Tome   Zosterops feae  Found: Sao Tome - off west coast of Central Africa
Image by: 1) Muchaxo


White-eye,_Seram   Zosterops stalkeri  Found: Seram, Indonesia.
The Seram White-eye has dark brown upperparts; black sides of head, crown; grayish-white flanks; white rest underparts; yellow-bronze rump; blackish-brown upper-tail.
Image by: 1) Marcel Holyoak


White-eye,_Seychelles   Zosterops modestus  Found: Seychelles - east of Africa
The Seychelles White-eye has olive-upperparts; pale underparts; dark gray tail.
Image by: 1) Post_of_Seychelles  2) Foto_lulu


White-eye,_Slender-billed   Zosterops tenuirostris  Found: Norfolk Island of Australia
Image by: 1, 2, 3) David Cook


White-eye,_Small_Lofiu   Zosterops minutus  Found: New Caledonia - 750 miles east of Australia
Image by: 1) John_Gerrard_Keulemans  2) Tommy_Pedersen


White-eye,_Solomons   Zosterops kulambangrae  Found: New Georgia Islands in the Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) Michael_Pennay


White-eye,_Somoan   Zosterops samoensis  Found: Samoa - northeast of Australia
Image by: 1) Nauru_Post


White-eye,_Splendid also Gizo White-eye  Zosterops luteirostris  Found: Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) Wildiaries


White-eye,_Sulawesi  also   Pale-bellied White-eye  Zosterops consobrinorum  Found: Sulawesi of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Jason_Thompson


White-eye,_Tagula   Zosterops meeki  Found: New Guinea
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) hbw.com  3) Pinned


White-eye,_Togain   Zosterops somadikartai  Found: Togian Islands of Indonesia
The Togain White-eye does not have a white eye-ring.
Image by: 1) Otis_Tarda  2) Filip_Verbelen


White-eye,_Vanikoro   Zosterops gibbsi  Found: Santa Cruz Islands: south-east of the Solomon Islands chain
The Vanikoro White-eye differs from the Santa Cruz White-eye by a much longer bill and different eye-ring color.
Image by: 1) new_species


White-eye,_White-breasted  also Abyssinian White-eye Zosterops abyssinicus  Found: Ethiopia, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania
The White-breasted White-eye has green upperparts; narrow white eye-ring; black line in lores; pale yellow to grayish white underparts depending on race.
Image by: 1) Lip_Kee  2) cesare dolzani


White-eye,_Yap also Yap Olive White-eye   Zosterops oleagineus  Found: island of Yap in Micronesia
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Yellow-fronted also Vanuatu White-eye  Zosterops flavifrons  Found: Vanuatu - east of New Guinea
The male Yellow-fronted White-eye has yellow green upperparts; yellow forehead; white eye-ring; yellow or yellow-green underparts depending on subspecies.
Image by: 1) hbw.com


White-eye,_Yellowish   Zosterops nigrorum  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Francesco_Veronesi - Luzon  2) Ramon_Quisumbing - Luzon


White-eye,_Yellow-spectacled also Yellow-ringed White-eye  Zosterops wallacei  Found: Lesser Sunda Islands mostly of Indonesia
Image by: 1) Ron Knight  2) Yann_Muzika


White-eye,_Yellow-throated
  Zosterops metcalfii  Found: New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Image by: 1) Katerina_Tvardikova  2) bird-stamps.org



Genus Zosterornis
This genus is endemic to the Philippines. Some place these "babblers" in the Old World babbler family Timaliidae.

Babbler,_Chestnut-faced Zosterornis whiteheadi also Stachyris whiteheadi  Found: Luzon in Philippines
The Chestnut-faced Babbler has olive-brown wings, tail; gray crown, nape; chestnut face; split white eye-ring.
Image by: 1) Llimchiu  2) Leif_Gabrielsen


Striped-Babbler,_Luzon  Zosterornis striatus  Found: Luzon in Philippines
Image by: 1) Leif Gabrielsen  2) Rob Hutchinson


Striped-Babbler,_Negros  Zosterornis nigrorum  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Apolinario B Cariño - Negros of The Philippines  2) Yann_Muzika


Striped-Babbler,_Palawn  Zosterornis hypogrammicus  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Rommel_Cruz - Palawn of The Philippines  2) James_Eaton


Striped-Babbler,_Panay  Zosterornis latistriatus  Found: Philippines
Image by: 1) Edward Vercruysse - Panay, The Philippines





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