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Pearl-bellied White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Great Kai White-eye; Great Kei White-eye; Kai Besar White-eye

Zosterops grayi



  • frontal band yellow
  • eyering broad white interrupted by blackish spot at front
  • anterior cap dark brownish
  • rest of crown and upperparts bright yellowish-citrine
  • primaries and tail feathers blackish-brown with broad yellow-citrine edges
  • throat, upper breast and undertail-coverts lemon-chrome
  • belly white with yellow median stripe connecting yellow of vent with yellow of throat

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.

Similar species

Similar to Golden-bellied White-eye but forehead yellow (not dusky), white eyering and underside white (not yellow).


Endemic to Kai Besar Island, Indonesia.
A moderately common restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
It's sometimes considered conspecific with Golden-bellied White-eye and forms a superspecies with it.


Forest, open woodland and cultivation. Occurs from sea-level up to 610m.


No information on diet.
Usually seen in pairs, sometimes singly or in mixed-species flocks. Forages in middle storey.
No information about breeding.
Presumably a resident species.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2008. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 13: Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553453

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