Thursday, 26 May 2011

Oriental White-eye

Oriental Whiteeye

The Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus), is a small that is easily distinguished as its name suggests with its white eye-ring.

Oriental Whiteeye

The upper parts are a yellowish green in colour, the chin and throat are yellow while the lower plumage is a greyish white. The bill which is slightly curved is black and so are the feet. There are however, several sub-species.

Oriental Whiteeye

The bird is purely arboreal and almost never descends to the ground. It occurs in areas where there is a mixture of trees and flowering shrubs. The call is a monotonous  chee-chee-chee or tseer-tseer note which is  uttered all  the time.

Oriental Whiteeye

It feeds on insects, weevils, ants and their eggs and larvae, and on vegetable matter, such as small buds,
seeds and wild fruits.

Oriental Whiteeye

It is usually found in small hunting parties and in flocks, not associating with other birds while busily feeding.

Oriental Whiteeye

The breeding season varies according to the locality and can vary from February to September, but the peak is in April. The nest is a little cup, made of grass, cobweb and studded with pieces of cocoons, lichen etc. Sexes are alike.

Oriental Whiteeye


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