Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Small Lifou White-eye (Zosterops minutus)


French: Zostérops minute German: Ameisenbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos menudo

Zosterops minuta

E. L. Layard

, 1878,

Lifou, Loyalty Islands


Affinities unclear; looks exactly like an intermediate between Z. flavifrons and Z. xanthochroa. Monotypic.


Lifou I, in C Loyalty Is.

Descriptive notes

10–11 cm; male 8·9 g, female 7·6 g. Has forehead and supraloral region yellowish, lores and narrow streak below eye blackish-grey, broad white eyering... read more


Call a mournful “tee-oou”, typical of genus.  


Forest edge, low shrubs, native villages and gardens.  

Food and feeding

Insects, in particular ants (Formicidae), also caterpillars, grubs, beetles (Coleoptera) etc.; also seeds, fruits. Fruits eaten said to be... read more


Breeds throughout greater part of year, but rarely from Feb to late May; probably several broods. Nest said to be typical of genus, but no... read more


Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Very common on Lifou, where the most abundant of the three white-eye species present. Rather... read more

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2017). Small Lifou White-eye (Zosterops minutus). 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 18 December 2017).