Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Sao Tome White-eye (Zosterops feae)


French: Zostérops de Fea German: São-Tomé-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Santo Tomé

Zosterops feae


, 1901,

Insula Sti. Thomae (= São Tomé)


Until recently considered conspecific with Z. ficedulinus, but differs genetically#R and by its greener, less brown-washed upperparts, making less contrasting crown (ns[1]); yellowish-white line above bill (2); whitish-grey vs yellow-white breast (2); brownish-ochre wash on lower flanks (2); much broader habitat selection (1); and seemingly somewhat lower-pitched calls (allow 1). Monotypic.

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São Tomé I, in Gulf of Guinea.

Descriptive notes

10·5 cm; 6–10·7 g. Compared to adult of formerly conspecific Z. ficedulinus, adult is slightly darker and more uniformly greenish above, including top of head,... read more


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


Dense primary and degraded rainforest from sea-level to 1600 m, mainly above 400 m; also patches of... read more

Food and feeding

Insects and berries. In pairs, family parties, and flocks of up to 20 individuals; often in mixed flocks with Z. lugubris, Sao... read more


Fledglings seen in Feb. No other information.


Resident; possibly some local movement.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in São Tomé EBA. Rare to locally uncommon. Population currently estimated at... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Sao Tome White-eye (Zosterops feae). 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 22 July 2019).