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Yellow-fronted White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Vanuatu White-eye

Photo by Ian_M
Loru Conservation Area, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu, January 2005
Zosterops flavifrons


11·5–12·5 cm (4½-5 in)

  • Yellowish-green upperparts
  • Yellow-green or yellow underparts (depending on subspecies)
  • Yellow forehead
  • White eye-ring
  • Dark grey legs and feet
  • Bill
  • brown upper mandible
  • pinkish lower mandible

Female and immature birds are paler
Immature birds have a narrower eye-ring




Splitting this taxon into three species may be justified (Taxonomy forum thread).


There are seven subspecies:

  • Z. f. gauensis:
  • Z. f. perplexus:
  • Vanua Lava Island (northern Vanuatu)
  • Z. f. brevicauda:
  • Northern Vanuatu (Malo and Espíritu Santo)
  • Z. f. macgillivrayi:
  • Malekula Island (Vanuatu)
  • Z. f. efatensis:
  • Vanuatu (Nguna, Efate and Erromanga)
  • Z. f. flavifrons:
  • Tanna Island (Vanuatu)
  • Z. f. majusculus:
  • Aneityum Island (Vanuatu)


Primary and secondary forests, plantations, scrub, areas with scattered trees and gardens.



Their diet consists of arthropods and insects such as beetles. Fruit and fruit seeds, nectar and maybe buds. In addition to insect eggs and larvae.


The cup-shaped nest is built from grass, bark and spider webs. The clutch consists of 3 bluish-white eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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