Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)


Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus)


French: Zostérops becfigue German: Fahlbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Príncipe

Zosterops ficedulina


, 1866,

hilly parts of Príncipe


Closely related to Z. griseovirescens. Until recently considered conspecific with Z. feae. Monotypic.


Príncipe I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 7–8 g. Adult has narrow buffish-white supraloral line, black band through lores, narrow but conspicuous white eyering; above, dark olive-green, washed brownish, top... read more


Poorly known. No complex song has been recorded. Contact calls “prrrip, prrriip…”; flight calls... read more


In forest canopy and tallest trees in plantations in hilly interior.

Food and feeding

Insects and berries. In pairs, family parties, and flocks of up to ten individuals; often in mixed flocks with Z. leucophaeus,... read more


Lays from Sept onwards. Nest a neat open cup slung under forked twig; clutch 3–5 eggs. No other information.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Príncipe EBA. Population believed to be in ongoing decline and to number between 250 and 1000 individuals. Rare to... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Principe White-eye (Zosterops ficedulinus). 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).