Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Everett's White-eye (Zosterops everetti)


French: Zostérops d’Everett German: Everettbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Everett

Zosterops everetti


, 1878,

Cebu, Philippines


Relationships between races not fully settled; see former arrangement of taxa outlined under Z. palpebrosus (which see). Proposed race forbesi (from Camiguin Sur, in SC Philippines) is lumped with basilanicus. Birds on Panay, in WC Philippines, possibly represent an undescribed race. Eight subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. e. wetmorei Deignan, 1943 – SC continental Thailand (Khao Yai National Park#R) and peninsular Thailand (S to Trang); probably also S Myanmar (Tenasserim).
  • Z. e. tahanensis Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – extreme S Thailand (Yala), Peninsular Malaysia, and Borneo (Sabah, and locally C, E & S Kalimantan).
  • Z. e. boholensis McGregor, 1908 – Samar, Calicoan, Biliran, Leyte and Bohol, in EC Philippines.
  • Z. e. everetti Tweeddale, 1878 – Cebu, in C Philippines.
  • Z. e. siquijorensis Bourns & Worcester, 1894 – Siquijor, in SC Philippines.
  • Z. e. basilanicus Steere, 1890 – Dinagat, Siargao, Camiguin Sur, Mindanao and Basilan, in S Philippines.
  • Z. e. mandibularis Stresemann, 1931 – Sulu Archipelago (Jolo, Tawitawi, Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Papahag).
  • Z. e. babelo A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1895 – Talaud Is (Karakelong and Salibabu), S of Philippines.
  • Also (race unknown) on Panay, in WC Philippines.

    Descriptive notes

    11–11·5 cm; 7·8–12 g. Nominate race has forehead and supraloral region yellow, lores dusky, white eyering of average width interrupted at front by... read more


    Song in Philippines a rather complex series of metallic whistles of 8–13 notes, loud and... read more


    Low thick brush, evergreen forest, forest edge on mountain slopes, also secondary growth and scrub... read more

    Food and feeding

    Generalist; eats fruits (e.g. of Macaranga), tiny insects, caterpillars (on Albizia) and nectar (e.g. of Rhodamnia... read more


    Season Feb–Sept in Philippines (e.g. Jun on Cebu, Apr on Bohol, Sept on Jolo, Jul on Bongao), and Feb–Jul in Malay Peninsula;... read more


    Not known.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in Thailand; fairly common and sufficiently abundant over a wide altitudinal stretch of montane forest in Peninsular Malaysia; common on... read more

    Recommended citation

    van Balen, B. (2019). Everett's White-eye (Zosterops everetti). 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 16 September 2019).