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Everett's White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Bobby6425
Tabor Hills, Talamban, Cebu City, Philippines, August, 2008
Zosterops everetti


  • Olive green above
  • Olive green crown, forehead and ear-coverts
  • White eye-ring, broken in front
  • Mostly medium grey underside
  • Yellow throat
  • Yellow undertail-coverts, hind flanks and thighs
  • Yellow median stripe on belly and lower breast
  • Brown iris
  • Yellowish-lead to brown legs

Similar species

At the higher end of elevation range may overlap with Warbling White-eye


The southern half of Philippines including Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, as well as northern Sulawesi in Indonesia.



There are 6 subspecies:

  • Z. e.everetti:
  • Z. e. basilanicus:
  • Philippines (Basilan, Dinagat, Mindanao, Siargao, Camiguin Sur)
  • Z. e. boholensis:
  • Philippines (Bohol, Leyte, Samar, Calicoan and Biliran)
  • Z. e.siquijorensis:
  • Z. e. mandibularis:
  • Sulu Archipelago (Sulu, Tawitawi, Jolo, Bongao, Sanga Sanga)
  • Z. e. babelo:
  • Talaud Island (Karakelong and Salebabu) and northern Sulawesi

The mainland subspecies have been transferred to Hume's White-eye when it turned out they were not particularly closely related to the subspecies from these islands.


At altitudes of near sea-level to 1000 m above in areas in or near forests and plantations.


Often 4-6 birds together, either in single species or multi-species foraging flocks. Food is likely similar to what other white-eyes eat: fruit, insects, and nectar.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. van Balen, B. and W. L. Limparungpatthanakij (2020). Everett's White-eye (Zosterops everetti), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.evweye1.02

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