Sangkar White-eye Zosterops melanurus

Panji G. Akbar and Bas van Balen
Version: 2.0 — Published June 18, 2020

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not well described, most known descriptions are from pre-split species.


Vocal Array

Very few recordings available, and likely has a wider repertoire than described here.


A long series of simple high-pitched notes at different frequencies, 3-8 KHz. Like many white-eyes, mostly heard at dawn.


Cheer. A repeated "cheer," resembling a day-old feral chicken. Also given by multiple members of a foraging flock , and the most commonly recorded call in online collections.

Djeer. An unobtrusive yet distinctive, nasal, gradually downslurred and gutural "djeeer" (23).

Flock calls. Also gives a repeated metallic "dza-dza" or soft "tsi-tsi-tsi", continuously repeated in flock (24).

Nonvocal Sounds

None described, but possibly similar to other white-eye species, which give wing flicks and bill clatters during agonistic behavior between individuals.

Recommended Citation

Akbar, P. G. and B. van Balen (2020). Sangkar White-eye (Zosterops melanurus), 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.sanwhe2.02