Northern yellow white-eye

Northern yellow white-eye

African yellow white-eye

Zosterops senegalensis

The northern yellow white-eye (Zosterops senegalensis ), formerly the African yellow white-eye, is a species of bird in the family Zosteropidae. It is found across sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal in the west across to southern Sudan in the east and south to northern Angola.


A small yellow bird with a prominent white eye ring surrounding a dark eye. The underparts and head are yellow, with a black loral stripe, black bill, the flight and tail feathers are brown edged with yellowish olive. Some subspecies are greener, especially those occurring in forest. Juveniles are darker. This bird measures 11·5 cm in length and the weight varies from 6.8 to 14.1g.

Habits and Lifestyle

The northern yellow white-eye has been recorded as a host of the brood parasite green-backed honeybird.

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The northern yellow white-eye has a diet that mainly consists of insects; caterpillars, aphids and termite alates have all been recorded, supplemented with some fruit including those of figs and the cabbage tree Cussonia spp. It forages among the canopy of trees, gleaning prey from foliage and bark. It is frequently recorded as a member of mixed-species foraging flocks. Also takes nectar from flowers.

The nest is a small cup made out of dried grass and small twigs, placed among the foliage in a small tree about 3.5m above the ground and secured with spider web. The clutch of 2-4 eggs is laid from August–January, with most being laid in September–October. Incubation takes about 11–12 days and both sexes share this duty as well as the feeding of the nestling young which fledge after around two weeks.If disturbed in the nest the young will often panic and jump out of the nest.

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Seasonal behavior
Bird's call

Diet and Nutrition



1. Northern yellow white-eye Wikipedia article -
2. Northern yellow white-eye on The IUCN Red List site -
3. Xeno-canto bird call -

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