Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Green-backed White-eye (Zosterops xanthochroa)


French: Zostérops à dos vert German: Waldbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos dorsiverde

Zosterops xanthochroa

G. R. Gray

, 1859,

Nu, New Caledonia


Affinities unclear. Monotypic.


New Caledonia, including I of Pines (off SE coast), and S Loyalty Is (Maré).

Descriptive notes

11·5–12·5 cm; 8·5–12 g. Has lores and streak under eye blackish-grey, fairly broad white eyering broken at front by loral line; top and side... read more


Song a rapid jumbled warble of short warbles and whistles. Call a thin repeated "see". read more


Mainly primary forest, also native gardens and open glades; from lowlands into mountains, but less... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; fruits e.g. papaya (Carica papaya), and berries, especially those of introduced Lantana. Towards end of breeding... read more


Aug–Oct, perhaps to Jan or later; possibly double-brooded. Nest a beautiful structure of soft rootlets, hair, feathers, cobweb and... read more


Not known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Common and widespread in New Caledonia, perhaps especially S part; common also on Mar... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Green-backed White-eye (Zosterops xanthochroa). 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).