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Alternative name: Black-headed White-eye

Zosterops hypoxanthus


10·5–11·5 cm (4-4½ in)

  • Black head
  • White eye-ring
  • Yellowish upperparts


Australasia: found in Papua New Guinea, Bismark, New Ireland, New Hanover, New Britain, Admiralty Islands, Manus, Melanesia.



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • Z. h. hypoxanthus:
  • Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, Uatom and Mioko)
  • Z. h. ultimus:
  • Bismarck Archipelago (New Hanover and New Ireland)
  • Z. h. admiralitatis:
  • Manus I. (Admiralty Islands)

Some authorities consider this to be a subspecies of White-throated White-eye Zosterops meeki[2]


Forests, as well as secondary forests and forest edges, plantations and gardens.



They eat a variety of seeds, small fruit and insects, including caterpillars.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved February 2017)

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