Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)


Samoan White-eye (Zosterops samoensis)


French: Zostérops des Samoa German: Samoabrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Samoa

Zosterops samoensis

Murphy and Mathews

, 1929,

Savaii, Samoa


Suggested relationship to Z. sanctaecrucis seems unlikely on grounds of morphological and ecological differences. Monotypic.


Island of Savaii, in W Samoa.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm. Has narrow white eyering more or less broken at front, lores yellowish-green; including forehead, crown and upperparts dull citrine; flight-feathers and tail... read more


Vocalizations include a high-pitched tchee or cheeer, sometimes with a buzzy or... read more


Upland forest above 900 m, occasionally down to 780 m; was recorded also in open scrub-like habitat... read more

Food and feeding

No details of diet. Feeds in canopy of forest; sometimes in low bushes in more open scrub. Highly gregarious; travels in flocks of 10... read more


Fledglings observed in May. No further information.  


Not known.  

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: endemic to the island of Savai’i and present in Samoan Islands EBA. Uncommon. Total population fewer than 2500 individuals within... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Samoan White-eye (Zosterops samoensis). 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).