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Zosterops lugubris


13·5–15 cm (5½-6 in)

  • Black forehead, crown and nape
  • Yellowish-brown line between nostril and lores
  • White lores
  • Broad white eye-ring


West Africa: found on the islands of Sao Tome and Principe in the Gulf of Guinea.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly placed in genus Speirops.


Humid primary and secondary forests. Prefers to keep to shady understorey.



Their diet consists of berries and small fruit. Also probably nectar and insects, including caterpillars.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)

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