Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Kosrae White-eye (Zosterops cinereus)


French: Zostérops cendré German: Kosraebrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Kosrae
Other common names: Grey-brown White-eye (when treated as conspecific with Z. ponapensis), Grey White-eye (when treated as conspecific with Z. ponapensis and Z. finschii)

Drepanis cinerea


, 1832,

Kosrae, Caroline Islands


Hitherto treated as conspecific with Z. ponapensis; previously also with Z. finschii. Monotypic.


Kosrae, in E Caroline Is.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; one male 11·2 g (ponapensis). Nominate race is deep greyish-olive above, approaching mouse-grey on crown and upperwing-coverts; very narrow... read more


Calls like those of a sparrow (Passer) and calls reminiscent of those of tits (Paridae)... read more


Most vegetated habitats. On Pohnpei occurs at low altitudes in and around native gardens.   read more

Food and feeding

Small, large-seeded berries, seeds, also insects. Takes food items from twigs and leaves in bushes and small trees. Moves about often in... read more


Fledglings being fed by parents in Feb on Kosrae (nominate); eggs in Aug, fledgling just out of nest in Mar, on Pohnpei. Two nests found on... read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in East Caroline Islands EBA. Common on both Pohnpei and Kosrae. May have declined on Pohnpei: encounter rates (... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2018). Kosrae White-eye (Zosterops cinereus). 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 21 January 2018).