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Abyssinian White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Subspecies arabs
Photo © by mikemik
Yemen, November 2012

Alternative name: White-breasted White-eye

Zosterops abyssinicus


Subspecies Z.a. omoensis
Photo © by Volker Sthamer
Langano, Ethiopia, 8 November 2010

10-12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Green upperparts (darker and greyer in northern races)
  • Pale yellow to greyish-white underparts (depending on the race)
  • Narrow white ring around the eye
  • Thin black line between the bill and eye.


Africa and the Middle East
Eastern Africa: Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia
Middle East: Arabian Peninsula, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman


Pale White-eye and Socotra White-eye used to be included in this species.


There are 3 subspecies[1]

  • Z. a. arabs:
  • Z. a. abyssinicus:
  • Z. a. omoensis:
  • South-western Ethiopia


Mid altitude dry woodland, scrub, wadis and gardens.



Their main diet consists of insects, fruit, ficus, acacia and olea seeds and probably also nectar.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase Retrieved 19 August 2020
  3. van Balen, B., de Juana, E. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Abyssinian White-eye (Zosterops abyssinicus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60219 on 3 March 2020)

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