Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Oya Tabu White-eye (Zosterops crookshanki)


French: Zostérops de Crookshank German: Nidulabrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Entrecasteaux

Zosterops fuscicapilla crookshanki

Mayr and Rand

, 1935,

Goodenough Island, D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago


Usually considered conspecific with Z. fuscicapilla, but recent discovery of population on Fergusson I reinforces case for species rank#R: differs from latter in its markedly broader eyering (2); silver-grey vs brown iris (3); less yellow, more olivaceous on rump and underparts (1); browner tail (ns[1]); larger size (at least 1); and seemingly very different song on basis of published descriptions#R#R. However, this assumes that iris colour is pale on Goodenough I; moreover, Fergusson birds have black crown and head sides apparently like Z. fuscicapilla and unlike Goodenough birds, suggesting a link but also an undescribed subspecies. Monotypic.

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Fergusson I and Goodenough I (D’Entrecasteaux Is)#R.

Descriptive notes

10·5–11 cm. Male has olive-coloured head with black loral area (Goodenough I) or black extending from forehead and lores to crown and head-sides (Fergusson I), in both cases... read more


Poorly known. High-pitched reedy warble given; also “ti ti” calls typical of genus. Vocal... read more


Hill forest and montane forest.

Food and feeding

No recorded information. Diet presumably of fruit and insects. Forages among twigs and branches in upper and midstoreys. Gregarious, often... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the D’Entrecasteaux and Trobriand Islands EBA. Status uncertain; probably uncommon, but perhaps... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Oya Tabu White-eye (Zosterops crookshanki). 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).