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Species of Thailand

Swinhoe's white-eye

Zosterops simplex, Robert Swinhoe, 1861

(In Thai: นกแว่นตาขาวหลังเขียว)

Swinhoe's white-eye (Zosterops simplex) is a bird species in the family Zosteropidae. It is found in east China, north Vietnam, the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.

This species was formerly treated as a subspecies group of the warbling white-eye (Zosterops japonicus) but based on the results of a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2018, it was promoted to species rank.

There are five subspecies:

  • Z. s. simplex R. Swinhoe, 1861 – east China, Taiwan and extreme northeast Vietnam
  • Z. s. hainanus Hartert, 1923 – Hainan (off southeast China)
  • Z. s. erwini (Chasen, 1935) – coastal Thai-Malay Peninsula, lowland Sumatra, Riau Islands, Bangka Island, Natuna Islands and lowland west Borneo
  • Z. s. williamsoni Robinson & Kloss, 1919 – Gulf of Thailand coast and west Cambodia
  • Z. s. salvadorii Meyer, AB & Wiglesworth, 1894 – Enggano Island (west Sumatra)

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal statuses:

  • Resident or presumed resident
  • Non-breeding visitor

Scientific classification

Zosterops simplex

Common names

  • Thai: นกแว่นตาขาวหลังเขียว

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)


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Range Map

Distribution map of Swinhoe's white-eye, Zosterops simplex in Thailand
  • Ban Phai District, Khon Kaen
  • Borabue District, Maha Sarakham
  • Bueng Khong Long Non-Hunting Area
  • Chiang Dao District, Chiang Mai
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai
  • Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lo District, Chiang Mai
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
  • Fang District, Chiang Mai
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Kaeng Krachan National Park
  • Kanthararom District, Sisaket
  • Kantharawichai District, Maha Sarakham
  • Khao Yai National Park
  • Khon San District, Chaiyaphum
  • Khun Chae National Park
  • Khun Tan District, Chiang Rai
  • Klaeng District, Rayong
  • Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Chan District, Chiang Rai
  • Mae Fa Luang District, Chiang Rai
  • Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Sot District, Tak
  • Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai
  • Mae Wong National Park
  • Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai
  • Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai
  • Mueang Khon Kaen District, Khon Kaen
  • Mueang Nan District, Nan
  • Mueang Nong Khai District, Nong Khai
  • Mueang Sukhothai District, Sukhothai
  • Mueang Tak District, Tak
  • Nam Nao National Park
  • Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area
  • Pha Daeng National Park
  • Pha Hin Ngam National Park
  • Phan District, Chiang Rai
  • Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
  • Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park
  • Phu Khiao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Kradueng National Park
  • Phu Luang Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Phu Suan Sai National Park
  • San Sai District, Chiang Mai
  • Taksin Maharat National Park
  • Thung Salaeng Luang National Park
Range map of Zosterops simplex in Thailand