Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-flanked White-eye (Zosterops erythropleurus)


French: Zostérops à flancs marron German: Rostflanken-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos flanquirrufo

Zosterops erythropleurus


, 1863,

northern China = Shanghai and Tientsin


Presumably most closely related to either Z. palpebrosus or Z. japonicus. Monotypic.


Extreme SE Russia (E Amurland, Ussuriland) and NE China (Heilongjiang), possibly reaching extreme N Korea; non-breeding S China, Myanmar, Thailand, NW Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

Descriptive notes

10·5–11·5 cm; 10–13 g. Male has black lores, olive side of the head, well-developed white eyering broken at front; olive-yellow above, rump and... read more


Loud song. Loud piercing, monosyllabic “tsee” (“lost-chick” call), or... read more


Breeding habitat includes groves, bushes, poplars (Populus), alder (Alnus)... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insects. Usually in flocks, sometimes mixed with other small passerines, e.g. Northern Long-tailed Tits (Aegithalos caudatus... read more


Little known. Season probably end May to Aug; fledglings found in Aug, also four fledglings attended by three adults in elm (Ulmus... read more


The most migratory species in family. Leaves breeding grounds in Sept, main stream of migrants... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Fairly common locally; not numerous on its breeding grounds. Large numbers seen in China, where many captured for food and cagebird trade. Recorded... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & de Juana, E. (2019). Chestnut-flanked White-eye (Zosterops erythropleurus). 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).