Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla)


French: Zostérops mitré German: Arfakbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Arfak

Zosterops fuscicapilla


, 1876,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Sometimes treated as conspecific with Z. hypoxanthus; indeed, strikingly similar to latter species, and may perhaps be an older offshoot of the “Z. atrifrons group”. Until recently considered conspecific with Z. crookshanki. Monotypic.


Mountains of W & C New Guinea (Tamrau, Arfak, Fakfak, Wandammen Mts, Foja Mts, W Central Ranges, Cyclops Mts and North Coastal Range).

Descriptive notes

9·5–11 cm; 10·8 g. Male nominate race has forehead, lores and a streak under eyering black, black extending over anterior part of crown and merging with... read more


Flock call a wheezy, whistled "tyew" note, repeated, drier than calls of other mainland... read more


Montane forest, second growth, isolated shrubs in mid-mountain grasslands (e.g. in highly... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit and insects. Gregarious. Moves about among twigs and branches in canopy and middle storey in relatively compact, quickly moving noisy... read more


Dec. Nest a basin-shaped, slightly oval structure composed mainly of dried stems of plants, lightly woven, and partly covered externally... read more


Not known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common to scarce. Locally one of the most common bird species, together with Mountain Leaf-warbler (Phylloscopus trivirgatus), at c. 1500 m... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2017). Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla). 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 18 December 2017).