Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Sanford's White-eye (Zosterops lacertosus)


French: Zostérops de Sanford German: Sanfordbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Sanford

Sanfordia lacertosa

Murphy and Mathews

, 1929,

Santa Cruz Island


Formerly placed in its own genus, Sanfordia, and subsequently in Woodfordia with Z. superciliosus (the type of latter genus), but removed to Zosterops following discovery that superciliosus belongs within Zosterops#R. Monotypic.


Nendo, in Santa Cruz Is (SE Solomon Is).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm. Has rather narrow white eyering, but off-white lores and some feathers below eye giving appearance of a large eyering; above, umber-brown, more rufous-brown... read more


A typical “chip” note, uttered frequently during wandering in flocks.


Degraded forest, primary forest, forest edge, secondary growth.

Food and feeding

Pairs forage rather slowly in canopy and middle storey, sometimes feeding on fruits. No other information.


No information.


Not known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA. Uncommon to fairly common.

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Sanford's White-eye (Zosterops lacertosus). 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).