Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Principe Speirops (Zosterops leucophaeus)


French: Zostérops de Principé German: Silberbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos plateado

Parinia leucophaea


, 1857,

Gabon; error = Príncipe


Formerly placed in Speirops (see Zosterops). Sister to Z. lugubris#R. Original spelling of species name previously given erroneously in HBW and elsewhere#R as leucophoea. Monotypic.


Príncipe I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

12·5–14 cm; two specimens 14·7 g and 14·9 g. Has pale grey forehead, crown and nape, dark grey lores, very narrow white eyering, whitish cheek and... read more


Possible song a repeated series of rattling, tuneless notes, or perhaps fast, sibilant “whee-... read more


Primary forest, but more commonly in forest regrowth, trees and bushes in farmland, and cocoa and... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders (Araneae), berries, possibly nectar and other vegetable matter. In pairs, and in parties of up to 15 individuals, keeping... read more


Mainly Jun–Jul (hatching), but records also of nest-building in Jan and laying in Sept. Nest a delicate lossely woven open cup 9 cm... read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Príncipe EBA. Frequent to common but somewhat local. In 1970s was... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Principe Speirops (Zosterops leucophaeus). 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 16 September 2019).