Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Near Threatened

Slender-billed White-eye (Zosterops tenuirostris)


French: Zostérops à bec fin German: Dünnschnabel-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos picofino

Zosterops tenuirostris


, 1837,

Murrumbidgee River; error = Norfolk Island


Closely related to Z. lateralis; extinct †Z. strenuus (formerly occurring on Lord Howe I) sometimes treated as conspecific with present species. Monotypic.


Norfolk I, E of Australia.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 16–18 g. Has black lores continuing under and behind medium-sized white eyering, latter interrupted at front by the black of lores; forehead, crown,... read more


Song said to be similar to that of Z. lateralis but lower in pitch and more musical in... read more


Forest, forest remnants and tall secondary growth.  

Food and feeding

Invertebrates; also vegetable matter, such as fruits of lemons (Citrus limon), loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) and guavas (... read more


Sept–Dec. Nest a cup-shaped structure composed of mosses, fibrous roots and grasses, lined with hair, suspended by rim from thin... read more



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Norfolk Island EBA. Confined to small island of Norfolk, less than 35 km² in extent, where moderately abundant in its... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2019). Slender-billed White-eye (Zosterops tenuirostris). 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 September 2019).