Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)


Mount Cameroon Speirops (Zosterops melanocephalus)


French: Zostérops du Cameroun German: Kamerunbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos del Camerún
Other common names: Cameroon Speirops

Zosterops (Speirops) melanocephala

G. R. Gray

, 1862,

Mount Cameroon


Formerly placed in Speirops (see Zosterops). Previously considered conspecific with Z. lugubris, but differs morphologically and ecologically. Monotypic.


Mt Cameroon, in SW Cameroon.

Descriptive notes

13 cm; 9–12·5 g. Has very dark brown, slightly glossy crown to nape, hindneck and side of head, greyish-white forehead and lores contrasting strongly with dark... read more


Song, very loud for size of bird, 2–2·5 seconds in duration, a sequence of staccato,... read more


More open parts of forest, forest clearings, thickets and bushy patches, avoiding denser closed-... read more

Food and feeding

Insects; also berries and other vegetable matter. Feeds singly, in pairs and in parties of 5–15 individuals; also in mixed flocks... read more


Birds with enlarged gonads in Nov–Dec and Mar. No other information.


Resident; some vertical movement, e.g. seen at 1850–2800 m in Dec but less commonly at 1950... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Cameroon Mountains EBA. Common; generally, not difficult for human observer to see c. 15 individuals in a day. This species... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Mount Cameroon Speirops (Zosterops melanocephalus). 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).