Fiji White-eyes or Layard’s White-eyes

The Fiji White-eyes or Layard’s White-eyes (Zosterops explorator) is a species of passerine bird in the white-eye family Zosteropidae. The species is also known as the Layard’s White-eye.

Distribution / Range

It is endemic to the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, and Ovalau in Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean, where it is a common bird of forests.

Where it co-occurs with the closely related Silvereye it is more common in denser forests.


Fiji White-eyes is a typical small white-eye of the genus Zosterops, similar in appearance to the Silvereye, Although the plumage is much yellower, it is chunkier and has a complete eye-ring. The back is olive green and the throat and belly are yellow.

Calls / Vocalizations

The call is described as “a high-pitched seeu-seeu“.

Diet / Feeding

The Fiji White-eye feeds by gleaning insects from shrubs and trees. It will join mixed-species feeding flocks with other Fijian birds, including Silvereyes. It also feeds lower down in the trees than Silvereyes.

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