Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Pohnpei White-eye (Zosterops ponapensis)


French: Zostérops gris-brun German: Pohnpeibrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Ponapé

Zosterops ponapensis


, 1876,

Ponape, Seniavin group


Hitherto treated as conspecific with Z. cinereus (and hence previously often with Z. finschii), but differs in its much shorter bill (effect size for females –5.56, score 3); dull mid-brown vs mouse-grey upperparts (3); very slight reduction of buffy tinge to pale grey underparts (ns); higher-pitched somewhat hoarse/hissing call-notes vs rather loud sparrow-like chirps (4)#R. Song may also be different (unclear from available recordings whether song recorded or not). Monotypic.


Pohnpei, in EC Caroline Is.

Descriptive notes

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Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Pohnpei White-eye (Zosterops ponapensis). 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 15 December 2017).