Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Large Lifou White-eye (Zosterops inornatus)


French: Zostérops de Lifu German: Lifubrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos sencillo

Zosterops inornata

E. L. Layard

, 1878,

Lifou, Loyalty Islands


Related to and a derivative of Z. lateralis, and possibly closest to its New Caledonian population (griseonota). Monotypic.


Lifou I, in C Loyalty Is.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; male 22·9–25·8 g, female 20–23·8 g. A large, plump, rather shy white-eye with slow, deliberate movements. Has eyering consisting of... read more


A low chatter, a chirp like that of a lost chick, and a less frequent low chuckling sound like that... read more


Primary forest and forest edge, where it prefers tall trees. May be found in low scrub at... read more

Food and feeding

Stomachs contained a variety of fruits and berries, including figs (Ficus), pineapple (Ananas comosus), papaya (... read more


Nov–Jan. Nest said to be like that of Z. lateralis but larger and thicker; clutch 2 eggs. No other information.   read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Fairly numerous within its very small range.  

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Large Lifou White-eye (Zosterops inornatus). 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).