Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Yellow-throated White-eye (Zosterops metcalfii)


French: Zostérops à gorge jaune German: Goldkehl-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos goliamarillo

Zosterops metcalfii


, 1894,

Santa Isabel, Solomon Islands


Affinities unclear. Geographic variation not very pronounced and mainly rests on presence or absence of eyering; race exiguus sometimes treated as synonym of nominate#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • Z. m. exiguus Murphy, 1929 – Buka, Bougainville, Shortland Is and Choiseul, in N Solomon Is.
  • Z. m. metcalfii Tristram, 1894 – Santa Isabel and San Jorge, in NC Solomons.
  • Z. m. floridanus Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1901 – Florida Is, in EC Solomons.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–11·5 cm; male 13·6 g, female 13·8 g. Nominate race has dusky lores, narrow white eyering broken before and behind eye (not easily seen in field... read more


    Song fairly strong and loud, a pleasant but nondescript mix of 6–9 variably pitched notes.... read more


    Primary forest, forest edge, secondary growth, gardens and open areas with trees; often present in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits (e.g. Trema spp), grubs and insects. Usually in pairs and in parties of 3–5 birds, occasionally in flocks numbering... read more


    Recorded Apr–Jun, also nestlings Nov–Jan and Apr and birds with enlarged gonads in Sept in N of range (race exiguus);... read more


    Not known.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Common to abundant through most of small range.

    Recommended citation

    van Balen, B. (2019). Yellow-throated White-eye (Zosterops metcalfii). 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).