Wild Birds

Bonin White-eyes

The Bonin White-eyes (Apalopteron familiare or meguro) is endemic to the Ogasawara Islands (formerly Bonin Islands) of Japan, where it is restricted to Haha-jima Island.

This species previously occurred on Chichi-jima Island, where it is now extinct.

Because of its limited range of habitat, the Bonin White-eye is listed as “Vulnerable”.


The Bonin White-eyes is a small yellow and grey bird with a distinctive white rim around the eyes, which is then surrounded by black masking.


Previously considerd to be part of the honeyeaters ( Meliphagidae) family, this species was known as Bonin Honeyeater.

Its nominate subspecies, the Mukojima White-eye, is now extinct.

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