Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Critically Endangered

Golden White-eye (Cleptornis marchei)


French: Zostérops doré German: Goldbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos dorado

Ptilotis marchei


, 1889,

Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands




Saipan and Aguijan, in S Northern Mariana Is.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 20·2 g. Unmistakable. Head is yellow to orange, with narrow pale eyering; back yellowish-green, wing and tail feathers fringed orange-yellow; golden orange-... read more


Song described as an extended rambling warble, sounding like “séé mé-can... read more


Understorey of wide variety of wooded and semi-open habitats, including strand forest and suburban... read more

Food and feeding

Generalized diet. Mostly berries with hard pits, which are swallowed whole; also fruits of Momordica (also seeds), Premna... read more


Nests found in all months except Nov; song and food-begging observed throughout year, but apparently not during protracted dry season. Nest... read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Mariana Islands EBA. Confined to Saipan (122 km²), where it is abundant, with population was estimated at 71,... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Golden White-eye (Cleptornis marchei). 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).