Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Rennell White-eye (Zosterops rennellianus)


French: Zostérops de Rennell German: Rennellbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de la Rennell

Zosterops rennelliana


, 1929,

Rennell, Solomon Islands


Sometimes considered conspecific with Z. griseotinctus. Monotypic.


Rennell, in SE Solomon Is.

Descriptive notes

c. 12 cm; 12–17 g. Plumage is olive-green above, with little or no yellow on forehead and above lores; lores greenish dusky, eyering no more than a narrow area of... read more


Song and call different from those of congeners, approaching voice of Z. superciliosus.... read more


Forest, especially forest edge; less common in regrowth and scrub.  

Food and feeding

Insects, e.g. locusts (Orthoptera), also spiders (Araneae), small seeds, and variety of fruits smaller than 0·8 cm (including ... read more


Few data. Cup-shaped nest 2·5–5 cm in diameter, built from dead leaves and moss woven together, much live green moss on... read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Rennell and Bellona EBA. Common and widespread within range. The only white-eye on Rennell, where it is one of... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Rennell White-eye (Zosterops rennellianus). 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).