Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Kilimanjaro White-eye (Zosterops eurycricotus)


French: Zostérops du Kilimandjaro German: Kilimandscharobrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos serrano del Kilimanjaro

Zosterops eurycricotus

G. A. Fischer and Reichenow

, 1884,

Maeru-Burg (Massai)


Usually treated as conspecific with Z. poliogastrus, but see comments under that species. Differs from poliogastrus by its duller yellow throat (ns[2]); rich olive-green vs buffy-grey flanks (3); yellowish vs whitish belly (2); lack of yellow on forehead (2); and much larger eyering (mensural character; 2); from Z. kaffensis by its lack of yellow on forehead (2); much larger eyering (3); duller yellow throat and belly (1); and larger size (wing, bill; 1); from Z. kulalensis by its lack of yellow on forehead (2); darker, duller yellow throat and belly (1); olive-green vs grey flanks (3); and much larger eyering (2); from Z. kikuyuensis by its lack of yellow on forehead vs large patch (3); much duller and less extensive yellow throat to belly (2); paler olive-green flanks (1); and longer wing (1); and from Z. silvanus, Z. mbuluensis and Z. winifredae in characters given under those species. Recent research suggests most of these taxa are also vocally distinct from one another#R, but work needed to assess levels of divergence. Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

N Tanzania (Mt Kilimanjaro region, Arusha, Mt Meru, Essimingor, Lossogonoi, Lolkissale).

Descriptive notes

[Content coming soon]

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2019). Kilimanjaro White-eye (Zosterops eurycricotus). 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).