Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Kolombangara White-eye (Zosterops murphyi)


French: Zostérops de Murphy German: Kolombangara-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Murphy
Other common names: Kolombangara Mountain White-eye, Hermit White-eye

Zosterops murphyi

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1929,

Kolombangara, Solomon Islands


Large white-eye, but morphologically similar to Z. griseotinctus (which see). Monotypic.


Kolombangara (New Georgia Group), in WC Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Has very broad white eyering interrupted at front by darker loral line, lores pale greyish-yellow, faint dusky streak under eyering; rest of head and upper... read more


Song a very long (up to 5 seconds) high-pitched warble, not broken into distinct ­syllables, of... read more


Mossy cloudforest from 950 m (sometimes down to 660 m, even 350 m) to at least 1620m; overlaps... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, small fruits. In large flocks of 100 and more individuals, often in company of lorikeets (Psittacidae) and myzomelas (Myzomela... read more


One nest with two naked chicks in Oct, and birds with enlarged gonads in Oct–Nov. Nest a cup 5 cm deep and 5 cm across, woven from... read more


Resident. Daily movements downslope in morning and back uphill in mid-afternoon.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Common. The most abundant bird species in mountains of Kolombangara.  

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Kolombangara White-eye (Zosterops murphyi). 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).