Heuglin's White-eye Zosterops poliogastrus Scientific name definitions

Natalia C. García, Bas van Balen, Josep del Hoyo, Nigel Collar, and Guy M. Kirwan
Version: 2.0 — Published May 20, 2022

Sounds and Vocal Behavior


Vocal Array


This species has a soft, whistled song, with harsher buzzing notes interspersed, and produces typical (for the genus) buzzing and twittering calls while moving in flocks. When foraging, it produces distinctive calls that include clear, slightly querulous but not buzzing “kweer-a-ree-ree”, “rree-tree, ter-ree-tee”, “kwerakwee-kwee-kwee”.


Calls have been described as a downslurred “seyuuu” and “piu , while the song has been described as a rising-and-falling series of slurred notes of rather mournful quality (22).

Nonvocal Sounds

None reported.

Recommended Citation

García, N. C., B. van Balen, J. del Hoyo, N. Collar, and G. M. Kirwan (2022). Heuglin's White-eye (Zosterops poliogastrus), 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.heuwhe2.02