Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Ambon White-eye (Zosterops kuehni)


French: Zostérops d’Amboine German: Ambonbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Ambon
Other common names: Ambon Yellow White-eye

Zosterops kühni

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1906,



Relationships uncertain; thought to be closest to Z. novaeguineae, and dusky feather centres on forecrown and white-greyish abdomen may indicate relationship to Z. atrifrons. Perhaps related to Z. stalkeri, although both species occur on Seram. Monotypic.


Ambon, and also recorded twice on N Seram (Wahai)#R, in S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Has top of head and upperparts olive-green, forecrown more dusky, lores and distinct streak under eye dull black; white eyering broken at front by blackish loral line... read more


Song a musical warble; calls include sibilant single “teeu” note.  


Lowland forest, remnant patches of secondary forest and woodland, and lightly wooded cultivation,... read more

Food and feeding

No details of diet. Usually in pairs and in small groups of three or four individuals. Fairly active, and movement rather deliberate.... read more


No information.  


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Seram EBA. Moderately common on Ambon. On Seram long known only from a... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & de Juana, E. (2020). Ambon White-eye (Zosterops kuehni). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 February 2020).