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Alternative name: Yellow-bellied White-eye

Zosterops chloris
Photo by martinuk
Location: Wuasa, Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia





This species has previously been lumped with Ashy-bellied White-eye, but all major authorities now consider these two different species. Prior to the split from Ashy-bellied White-eye, Pale White-eye was a name often used for the combined species. Clements Checklist up to the 6th edition uses the name Yellow-bellied White-eye for Lemon-bellied White-eye. The name Mangrove White-eye has also been used for this species, however, that name has also been used for a species from Australia, Australian Yellow White-eye.


Four subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • Z. c. maxi
    • Karimata Islands (off southwestern Borneo), islets south and east of Belitung, Seribu Islands, Karimunjawa Islands, Gili (off Bawean Island), Laut Kecil Islands, Kangean Islands, Menjangan (off northwestern Bali), Nusa Penida, and Lombok
  • Z. c. mentoris
    • N-central Sulawesi
  • Z. c. intermedius
    • S Sulawesi to Muna, Butung, Flores and Sumbawa
  • Z. c. chloris
    • Tayandu Is. and Kai Is. (Banda Sea)





  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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