Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Bare-eyed White-eye (Zosterops superciliosus)


French: Zostérops de Woodford German: Woodfordbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Woodford

Woodfordia superciliosa


, 1906,

Rennell, Solomon Islands




Rennell, in SE Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 22·5–37 g. Has bare black lores and circumorbital skin bordered by white band which extends narrowly across lower forehead; otherwise dull... read more


Song, 30–10 minutes before dawn, seldom heard, soft and very quick, with narrow range around... read more


Primary forest, forest edge, open woodland, second growth, gardens and coconuts, but not on very... read more

Food and feeding

Small insects, including caterpillars, also spiders (Araneae), also small land-snails. Many fruits taken, including Macaranga,... read more


Oct–Nov. Nest cup-shaped, 50–75 mm in diameter, 50 mm deep, made from mostly dead and dry fine fibres, vines, twigs and coarse... read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Rennell and Bellona EBA. Very common and widespread. One of the three most common forest birds on the island,... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Bare-eyed White-eye (Zosterops superciliosus). 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 20 August 2019).