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Capped White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Mehd Halaouate
The Arfaks, West Papua, January 2005
Zosterops fuscicapilla


9·5–11 cm, 3.7-4.3 inches 10·8 g.


  • Black extends from rear of crown merging into geen nape
  • Black forehead and lores
  • Narrow white eye ring, broken by black spot in front with black streak below
  • Iris chestnut to dark brown
  • Beak dark grey or black, base of lower mandible light graey
  • Upperparts dark yellow green
  • Throat and underparts dark yellow green turning lemon at center of belly
    and undertail coverts
  • Rump more yellow
  • Rounded wings
  • Retrices and Remiges dark brown


  • Similar to male, but less yellow and generally more dull


  • Orange beak
  • No dark on face
  • Pale yellow sides


Found in New Guinea Island, and Goodenough Island.



There are 2 subspecies:[1]

  • Z. f. fuscicapilla:
  • Z. f. crookshanki: Dark green head with black spot on lores, broader eye ring, less yellow underparts and green undertail coverts
  • Mts. of Goodenough I. (D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago)


Montane and second growth forest, isolated shrubs in mid-mountain grasslands and cultivated areas like the Baliem Valley, abandoned cultivation and gardens. Mainly 1200 m to 1850 m, but up to at least 2500 m in west, 2600 m in east and down to 750 m in central parts of the northern Coastal Range. Some range overlap with Black-fronted White-eye.


Gregarious and noisy. Moves through canopy and middle storey in tight fast moving flocks up to several dozen strong and mixed-species flocks including Grey Thornbill and Tit Berrypecker. Sometimes in pairs.


The diet includes insects and fruit.


Nests in a basin shaped, oval structure of lightly woven plant stems which is decorated with green moss and spider silk. The nest is between 3-5 cm on the inside. Breeds in December. Nest with 1 chick found.


Flock call a repeated wheezy "tyew" and a rolling "chip" series. Call similar to House Sparrow.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2015)

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