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Photo by peterday
Vakona Forest Lodge, Madagascar, November 2017

Alternative names: Madagascar White-eye; Madagascan White-eye

Zosterops maderaspatanus

Includes: Moheli White-eye; Anjouan White-eye


10–12 cm (4-4¾ in)

  • Greenish upperparts
  • Yellow forecrown and forehead
  • White underparts


Madagascar, the Comoro Islands and the Seychelles


Kirk's White-eye and Aldabra White-eye were formerly included in this species.


Five subspecies recognized, sometimes split in three species:

  • Moheli White-eye:
    Z. m. comorensis on Mohéli (Comoro Islands)
  • Madagascar White-eye:
    Z. m. menaiensis on Cosmoledo Atoll (Seychelles)
    Z. m. maderaspatanus on Madagascar and Isles Glorieuses
    Z. m. voeltzkowi on Europa Island
  • Anjouan White-eye:
    Z. m. anjuanensis on Anjouan (Comoro Islands)


A wide variety of woodland.



Their diet consists almost entirely of insects, especially beetles, caterpillars, bugs, ants and flies.


The nest is a deep cup formed from Casuarina needles.


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  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/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.

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