Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)


Javan White-eye (Zosterops flavus)


French: Zostérops flavescent German: Horsfieldbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos amarillo

Dicaeum flavum


, 1821,



Sometimes united with Z. chloris, Z. citrinella and Z. luteus, but generally considered a well-marked species without certain close relatives. Monotypic.


W & S Borneo, including Laut I (off SE Kalimantan); coastal N Java and Madura I.

Descriptive notes

9·5 cm. Very small white-eye with relatively very short tail. Has frontal area yellow, crown and upperparts between pyrite-yellow and olive-green, rump more yellowish... read more


No song known. Call notes “trrieew” and short, soft “trrip”; alarm “... read more


In Borneo inhabits mangrove forest and dryland forest edge along coast, locally low waterside trees... read more

Food and feeding

Almost exclusively small insects, e.g. small beetles (Coleoptera) and small caterpillars. Arboreal foliage-gleaning species; never comes to... read more


Recorded in May; many pairs with fledged young at end of Jul in W Java, and fledged young and juvenile in Aug in S Borneo. Small, neatly... read more



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Javan Coastal Zone EBA and in Bornean Coastal Zone Secondary Area. Highly restricted and fragmented range along the N coast... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Javan White-eye (Zosterops flavus). 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).