Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Biak White-eye (Zosterops mysorensis)


French: Zostérops de Biak German: Biakbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Biak

Zosterops mysorensis

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

Korido, on Supiori, north Geelvink Bay, New Guinea


Relationships unclear, but possibly distantly related to Z. atrifrons and Z. novaeguineae. Monotypic.


Supiori I and Biak I (N Geelvink Bay), in NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm; male 15 g. Has top of head and entire upperparts olive, paler on rump; lores fuscous, white eyering greatly reduced, greyish-black loral line continued as... read more


Song is typical of the genus, based on a repeated five-note pattern. Call a medium-high, slightly... read more


Forest, forest edge, regrowth with tall trees, low secondary growth, also shrubs in open old... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently mainly insectivorous, and not frugivorous. Forages in flocks of 3–12 individuals, often in small mixed-species flocks with... read more


No information.  


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Geelvink Islands EBA. Only small numbers recorded during recent visits,... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Biak White-eye (Zosterops mysorensis). 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).