Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Pemba White-eye (Zosterops vaughani)


French: Zostérops de Pemba German: Pembabrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Pemba

Zosterops vaughani


, 1924,

Pemba Island


Sometimes regarded as conspecific with Z. senegalensis, but differs in appearance and voice. Monotypic.


Pemba I and adjacent coral islets, off NE Tanzania.

Descriptive notes

10–10·5 cm. Has prominent black loral spot and very narrow (c. 1 mm) and inconspicuous white eyering; broad yellow on forehead, extending to above lores and eye... read more


Song high-pitched and sweet, “seweet-sureeteet-trwerila-eeta-eet” or “weet, su-... read more


Woody vegetation: mangrove forest, bushland, thickets on coral rag (rubbly limestone of ancient... read more

Food and feeding

Mainly fruits and berries of Margaritaria discoidea, Antidesma venosum; particularly fond of fruits of wild mulberry (... read more


Aug–Mar, mainly Oct–Dec. Nest a small open cup of fine grass or palm fibres, placed 1–3 m above ground in branches of... read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Pemba EBA. Abundant; one of the commonest bird species throughout its tiny range, including on coral islets... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Pemba White-eye (Zosterops vaughani). 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).