Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Louisiade White-eye (Zosterops griseotinctus)


French: Zostérops des Louisiade German: Louisiadenbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Luisiadas

Zosterops griseotincta

G. R. Gray

, 1858,

Duchateau Island, Louisiade Archipelago


Sometimes considered conspecific with Z. rennellianus, but genetic study found present species to be sister to Z. murphyi#R. Races ottomeyeri and aignani previously synonymized with eichhorni and nominate, respectively, now accepted on basis of new evidence, including genetic#R, but latter study also suggested that race longirostris could be subsumed within nominate and that a separate (currently unnamed) subspecies could be recognized for birds on Long I. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. g. eichhorni E. J. O. Hartert, 1926 – Nissan (Green Is), E of Bismarcks; and islands of Vitiaz Strait (Crown, Long, Tolokiwa), between New Britain and New Guinea.
  • Z. g. ottomeyeri Stresemann, 1930 – Nauna (E Admiralty Is).
  • Z. g. longirostris E. P. Ramsay, 1879 – Rogeia I (Heath I), in Milne Bay (off extreme SE tip of New Guinea); Bonvouloir Group (East I and Hastings I), in W Louisiade Archipelago; and Alcester I (between Woodlark I and Louisiades).
  • Z. g. griseotinctus G. R. Gray, 1858 – WC & C Louisiade Archipelago in Conflict Group (Panasesa Is), Deboyne Group (Panapompom Is), Renard Is and Misima.
  • Z. g. aignani E. J. O. Hartert, 1899 – Kimuta I, in C Louisiade Archipelago.
  • Z. g. pallidipes De Vis, 1890 – Rossel, in E Louisiade Archipelago.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–12·5 cm; 14 g. Nominate race has well-developed white eyering interrupted at front by darker spot, dusky loral line continuing as streak to half-way under eye... read more


    Following details refer to race eichhorni. Song a somewhat monotonous, fairly rapid series... read more


    Forest edge, secondary growth and probably forest.  

    Food and feeding

    Mainly fruits, especially figs (Ficus), ripe papaya (Carica) and berries; also insects, nectar and some seeds. Gleans... read more


    Recorded in Aug in N of range (race eichhorni). Cup-shaped nest loosely made from rootlets, fibres, fine grasses, sometimes moss... read more


    Resident; at least some races, such as eichhorni, are highly vagile.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA and in Louisiade Archipelago EBA. Very abundant on Nissan I, where probably most... read more

    Recommended citation

    van Balen, B. (2019). Louisiade White-eye (Zosterops griseotinctus). 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).