Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Vanikoro White-eye (Zosterops gibbsi)


French: Zostérops de Vanikoro German: Vanikorobrillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos de Vanikoro

Zosterops gibbsi


, 2008,

Lavaka, Vanikoro, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands


Described as full species (under Biological Species Concept) because of differences from Z. sanctaecrucis on neighbouring island of Nendo, and from other species in region. Long bill could indicate relationship or ecological convergence with Z. lacertosus on Nendo. Monotypic.


Vanikoro, in S Santa Cruz Is (SE Solomons).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm. Plumage is citrine above, with slightly bronze tinge on uppertail-coverts; secondaries and rectrices dark grey brown to fuscous with citrine outer fringes... read more


Calls include quiet buzzing “vruh”, sometimes repeated in quick succession, and a loud... read more


Common in old-growth upland forest between 350 m and 750 m; localized in coastal forest and... read more

Food and feeding

Food insects and small fruits. Regularly forages on tree trunks, and investigates bunches of dead leaves and undersides of branches.... read more


Nest found in early Nov. Possibly a co-operative breeder. One nest found, a deep bowl made from tightly woven fine grass stems and other... read more


Resident; some local (seasonal) elevational movements can be expected.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA. Common above 700 m, where recorded density of 25 individuals in 1·5 ha; much less... read more

Recommended citation

Fjeldså, J. (2019). Vanikoro White-eye (Zosterops gibbsi). 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 21 August 2019).