Capped White-eye Zosterops fuscicapilla Scientific name definitions

Natalia C. García, Bas van Balen, Josep del Hoyo, David Christie, and Nigel Collar
Version: 2.0 — Published May 13, 2022

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Vocal Array

The song of the nominate subspecies is a slurred, harmonic "weecher" phrase, similar to that of a bushchat, that then rolls into a rapid, halting series of chips suggestive of a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus). Flocks give calls that consist of a wheezy, whistled “tyew” note, repeated, drier than calls of other mainland New Guinea white-eyes (4).

Geographic Variation

Vocal differences between subspecies have been reported but further investigation is warranted. Vocalizations of subspecies Zosterops fuscicapilla crookshanki are poorly known but include a high-pitched, reedy warble song of high notes, some harmonic and others of more liquid quality, and also “ti ti” calls typical of the genus (4).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

García, N. C., B. van Balen, J. del Hoyo, D. A. Christie, and N. Collar (2022). Capped White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapilla), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (S. M. Billerman and B. K. Keeney, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.capwhe3.02