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Southern Yellow White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by MariettaBirder
Camp Moremi, Okavango Delta, Botswana, 4 Oct 2007
Zosterops anderssoni


11·5 cm (4½ in)

  • Small and warbler like.
  • Sharp pointed bill.
  • All yellow underparts.
  • Olive-yellow back.
  • Bold white spectacles around the eyes.

Sexes alike. Similar to Pale White-eye but separated by range. Southern has more yellow above the bill and is more richly-colored overall. Similar to Green White-eye, but slightly paler and separated by range. Also similar to Northern Yellow White-eye, but separated by range. Identification in areas of overlap is not reliable.


Africa: eastern Tanzania south to Mozambique and northeastern South Africa and west from those areas to northern Namibia, southern and eastern Angola and southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Formerly a part of African Yellow White-eye.


Three subspecies are recognized[1].


Found in forest, savanna, scrub, gardens, moist woodland, and plantations.


Often in hyperactive flocks with any individuals. Sometimes joins mixed flocks with other small birds.


Call is a high-pitched rising rattle. Song is mostly a quiet, chatty sequence of “chew” notes.


  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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