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Splendid White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Ghizo White-eye

Zosterops luteirostris


11.5 - 12 cm

  • White eyering interrupted by a black spot at front
  • Black forehead and lores, merging into yellowish-olive of upperparts on forecrown
  • Yellow underparts, greenish wash on flanks and side of breast
  • Bright yellow bill
  • Yellow legs

Sexes similar. Juveniles haven't been described yet.


Endemic to Gizo (Ghizo) in western-central Solomon Islands.
An endangered, restricted-range species. The island of Gizo is densely populated and has lost almost all its forest. The species survives in scrub and secondary growth and in fragmented old-growth forest and is still fairly common.


This is a monotypic species.
It's sometimes considered conspecific with Ganongga White-eye.


Moist lowland forests and plantations. Often in gulleys and older secondary growth.


No information about diet, breeding or movements available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)

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