Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Grey-hooded White-eye (Heleia pinaiae)


French: Zostérops à froc gris German: Pinaiabrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos cabecigrís
Other common names: Binaia Heleia

Oreosterops pinaiae


, 1912,

Mount Binaija, central Seram




Mountains of C Seram, in S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

14 cm; 25–30 g. Very large white-eye. Head and neck are deep olive-grey, with slight brownish tinge on crown and ear-coverts, merging on nape into green mantle and side... read more


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Montane forest at limits of tree-fern forest, 1100–2450 m; most common at higher elevations... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds on insect larvae, berries, small fruits and seeds. Singly and in pairs at lower elevations, where occasionally present in mixed-... read more


No information.  


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Seram EBA. Fairly common but local.  

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Grey-hooded White-eye (Heleia pinaiae). 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).