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. Nominate race has narrow buffish-white supraloral line, black band through lores, narrow but conspicuous white eyering; above, dark olive-green, washed... read more


Powerful dawn song a monotonous and insistent, rapid series of 3–6 burry “ptirrr” notes, last note... read more


On São Tomé dense primary and degraded rainforest from sea-level to 1000 m, mainly... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and berries. In pairs, family parties, and flocks of up to 20 individuals; often in mixed flocks with speirops (Speirops... read more


Laying from Sept onwards, and fledglings seen in Feb. Nest a neat open cup slung under forked twig; clutch 3–5 eggs. No other... read more


Resident; possibly some local movement on São Tomé.  

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restrictedrange species: present in Sâo Tomé EBA and in Príncipe EBA. Rare to locally uncommon. Has declined seriously on Príncipe,... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2017). 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 16 December 2017).