Oriental White Eye

White-eye, Oriental

CLASSIFICATION
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterops
Species: palpebrosa

RANGE
Philippine Islands

HABITAT
Forested areas

SIZE
Length: Approximately 4.25 inches (11 cm)

REPRODUCTION
Breeding pairs are territorial
Nest is built of spider webs and fine plant material. Nests are small open-cup shape.
Females lay from two to four eggs. Chicks hatch in 10 –12 days.
Both male and female participate in the incubation of the eggs and rearing or the young

DIET
Wild: Insects, fruit and nectar
Zoo: Fruit, nectar, egg white, mealworms, crickets.

BEHAVIOR

  • Oriental white-eyes travel in large flocks throughout the forest.
  • They keep in contact with each other by chirping to one another while seaching for food.
  • Their call can be described as a high-pitched twittering.

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The males and females look similar, but males may have more yellow on throat and chest.
  • The name “white-eye” comes from the white ring around the eye that makes it look a lot larger than it actually is.

STATUS
Common