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Santa Cruz White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Nendo White-eye

Zosterops sanctaecrucis


12.5 cm.

  • Dull olive upperparts with broad dusky area on lores and narrowly around eye
  • Blackish-brown flight-feathers and tail, broadly edged with rather bright olive
  • Greenish-yellow underparts, getting yellowish towards centre of belly and vent
  • Black bill
  • Blue-grey legs

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.

Similar species

Larger than Samoan White-eye, dark iris, longer tarsus and without white eyering.


Endemic to Ndeni (Nendo) Islands in the Santa Cruz Islands (Solomon Islands).
A fairly common to common restricted-range species.


This is a monotypic species.
Scientific name sometimes spelled santaecrucis.


Found in gardens, scrub, primary forest, at forest edge and in secondary growth.


No information about diet, breeding or movements.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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