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Alternative name: Creamy-throated White-eye

Includes Bacan White-eye, Halmahera White-eye, Morotai White-eye, Obi White-eye

Photo by martinuk
Foli, Halmahera, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, October, 2009
Zosterops atriceps


Small passerines exhibiting fairly typical White-eye behaviour. See below for detailed description


Halmahera and other islands in the northern Moluccas, Indonesia.


The subspecies may be elevated as follows: dehaani ("Morotai White-eye", Z. dehaani), fuscifrons ("Halmahera White-eye", Z. fuscifrons) and atriceps ("Bacan White-eye", Z. atriceps).


There are 3 subspecies [1] which may be best treated as separate species [2]:

  • Z. a. dehaani: "Morotai White-eye". Morotai
  • Z. a. fuscifrons: "Halmahera White-eye". Halmahera
  • Z. a. atriceps: "Bacan White-eye".

A population on Obi belongs to an undescribed (sub)species.


Lowland Forest.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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