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Zosterops poliogastrus

Includes: Kulal White-eye


11–12 cm (4¼-4¾ in)

  • Yellow forehead and forecrown
  • White eyering
  • Black lores
  • Narrow black line from lores through eye
  • Greenish-yellow crown and upperparts
  • Blackish-brown primaries
  • Yellow chin and throat
  • Dark brown tail


Eastern Africa: found in Eritrea and Ethiopia.


The scientific name is sometimes spelt poliogaster.
Kikuyu White-eye, Taita White-eye, South Pare White-eye, Kilimanjaro White-eye and Mbulu White-eye used to be included in this species.


There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • Z. p. poliogastrus - Mountains of Eritrea and Ethiopia
  • Z. p. kaffensis - Highlands of west and south Ethiopia (south of Lake Tana, west of Omo River)
  • Z. p. kulalensis - Kulal White-eye - Mount Kulal in North Kenya


Evergreen woodland, forest edges and second growth. Occurs in highland areas as well as gardens and areas under cultivation.



Their main diet consists of small berries and invertebrates, with the addition of some 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. Avibase
  3. van Balen, B., J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Heuglin's White-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman, B. K. Keeney, P. G. Rodewald, and T. S. Schulenberg, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.heuwhe2.01

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