Indian White-eye

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Zosterops palpebrosus

Indian White-eye

The Indian White-eye, formerly known as the Oriental White-eye is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family.

They are easily identified by the distinctive white eye-ring and overall yellowish upperparts.

It measures about 3.15 – 3.54 inches in length.

It has yellowish olive upper parts, a white eye ring, yellow throat and vent. Belly is whitish gray but may have yellow in some subspecies.

Both sexes look similar.

They call frequently as they forage and the usual contact call is a soft nasal cheer.

Feeds on nectar and small insects.

Found in a wide range of habitats from scrub to moist forest. They sometimes occur on mangrove areas such as in the Karachi area.

They are somewhat rare only in the drier desert regions of western India.

Found from Oman and Arabia, Afghanistan, northern India and extends into China and northern Myanmar.

Nest is a compact cup made of cobwebs, lichens and plant fiber. It is a placed like a hammock on the fork of a branch.

The female lays 2 pale blue eggs. The eggs hatch in about 10 days.


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