Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Bougainville White-eye (Zosterops hamlini)


French: Zostérops de Hamlin German: Bougainville-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Bougainville

Zosterops alberti hamlini


, 1929,

Bougainville Island


Hitherto treated as conspecific with Z. rendovae, but differs in its dull green vs white throat and neck sides (green forming hood) (3); complete mid-grey vs (in Z. r. oblitus) partial pale grey breast (2); narrow whitish eyering vs none (2); distinct pale base to lower mandible, constant on all specimens examined (ns[2]); slightly paler, greener tinge to dark grey tail (ns[1]). Monotypic.


Bougainville I, in NW Solomon Sea.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm. Adult has narrow white eyering (broken before and behind eye), sooty-brown forehead, darker lores; rest of head and entire upperparts plain olive-green, upperwing-... read more


Call “peeu”. Song a loud, somewhat rambling warble; not known to differ from Z. rendovae.


Hill forest and montane forest, mainly forest edge, also secondary forest; seldom visits scrub and... read more

Food and feeding

Soft seedy fruit, mostly small seeds; presumably also insects, at least occasionally. Forages in midstorey and canopy, in pairs and small... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common; possibly the most abundant bird species of the Bougainville... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Bougainville White-eye (Zosterops hamlini). 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).