Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni)


French: Zostérops des Philippines German: Luzonbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos filipino

Zosterops meyeni


, 1850,

Luzon, Philippines


Sometimes considered conspecific with either or both of Z. japonicus and Z. palpebrosus; occasionally only N race batanis is placed within Z. japonicus; research needed into species limits in this complex. In Philippines, population recently discovered on Mindoro of uncertain racial identity, provisionally included in nominate; birds from Marinduque described as race gilli, and formerly placed with Z. montanus, but now regarded as a synonym of nominate race of present species. Originally named as Dicaeum flavum, but that name preoccupied. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. m. batanis McGregor, 1907 – islands of Lanyu and Lüdao, off SE Taiwan, and Batan Is (Y’Ami, Itbayat, Batan, Sabtang, Ivuhos), in extreme N Philippines.
  • Z. m. meyeni Bonaparte, 1850 – Calayan, Luzon, Lubang, Verde, Mindoro, Caluya, Marinduque and Banton, in N & NC Philippines.
  • Descriptive notes

    10·2–12 cm; one female 10g. Nominate race has forehead lemon-yellow, crown and upperparts yellowish-green; white eyering interrupted at front by blackish spot,... read more


    Male described as “an excellent songster”, singing frequently near nest. Call “swit” or “swit-tzee... read more


    Forest, forest edge, scrub, bamboo thickets, gardens, cultivated areas, and other places near open... read more

    Food and feeding

    No details on diet. Forages in groups and mixed flocks, associating with eight or nine other species.  


    Season Apr–Aug, occasionally from Jan. Nest said to be typical of genus, placed a few metres above ground in small tree. Clutch 3... read more


    Not known.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in lowlands. Race batanis widespread in Batan Is, where present on Batan, Sabtang and Y’ami, and recently disscovered also on... read more

    Recommended citation

    van Balen, B. (2019). Lowland White-eye (Zosterops meyeni). 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).