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Pale White-eye has, in the past, been used as a secondary name for two species:

Subspecies flavilateralis
Photo © by megan perkins
Whistling Thorns, Kenya, 3 December 2006
Zosterops flavilateralis


10·2 cm (4 in)

  • Yellowish-green upperparts
  • Yellow upper tail-coverts
  • Yellow forehead
  • Dark brown tail
  • Narrow white eyering
  • Blackish line through lores and at base of eyering
  • Yellow underparts


Eastern Africa: found in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya and Tanzania


This species was originally included in Abyssinian White-eye.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • Z. f. jubaensis:
  • Z. f. flavilateralis:
  • Extreme south-western Ethiopia to eastern Kenya and east-central Tanzania


Found in dryish shrubby and wooded places, including gardens and forest edges



Their main diet consists of aphids, small insects and caterpillars, with the addition of some fruits.


A monogamous species. Both the adults construct the nest from strips of bark and spider's web. The clutch consists of 2-4 pale blue eggs. Both the adults share in the incubation and feeding of the young. Fledglings leave the nest after about 14 days and are cared for by the parents for several more days.


  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 Retrieved 19 August 2020
  3. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Pale White-eye (Zosterops flavilateralis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whbwhe3.01

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