Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Solomons White-eye (Zosterops kulambangrae)


French: Zostérops des Salomon German: Salomonenbrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de las Salomón

Zosterops kulambangrae

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1901,

Kolombangara, Solomon Islands


Species and Rendova race have often erroneously been listed under name rendovae, but see Z. rendovae. Geographical variation rather well marked, including vocal and genetic differentiation; races possibly better treated as three separate species, or as two species—kulambangrae and paradoxus plus tetiparus#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. k. kulambangrae Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – Solomons White-eye – New Georgia Group (Kolombangara, Vonavona, Kohinggo, New Georgia, Vangunu and Nggatokae), in WC Solomon Is.
  • Z. k. paradoxus Mees, 1955 – Rendova (S New Georgia Group).
  • Z. k. tetiparius Murphy, 1929 – Rendova White-eye – Tetepare (S New Georgia Group).
  • Descriptive notes

    11·5–12 cm. Nominate race has fairly narrow white eyering interrupted at front by black spot; feathers behind nostrils, broad loral area and stripe under and... read more


    Typical “telegraph” song of genus,various loud notes in slow fairly more or less... read more


    Found in all habitats, and equally abundant in virgin jungle and (taller) secondary growth, from... read more

    Food and feeding

    No details of diet. Occurs in flocks, often associated in loosely organized parties of Solomon Flycatchers (Myiagra ferrocyanea),... read more


    No information.  



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Locally common to abundant. Very common in area of Munda, on New Georgia I.  

    Recommended citation

    van Balen, B. (2019). Solomons White-eye (Zosterops kulambangrae). 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).