Tuesday, December 20, 2011

ABC Wednesday: W is for White-Eye

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A Montane White-Eye (Zosterops poliogastrus), a sparrow-sized bird species native to Africa (Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenia and Sudan). They feed on nectar, fruit and berries and the occasional insect.

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They have a soft voice and sing beautifully, you can listen to them here. Since they become tame very fast, they are popular cage birds, as are other species of white-eyes.

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There's actually not much known about this species (there are eight subspecies) or about white-eyes in general. From what I have seen at Hagenbecks Tierpark, where I took these photos, it seems that pairs stay together even outside the breeding season and they are very affectionate. They don't seem very aggressive towards others, I've seen three or more birds cuddle together. After I took the photos of this pair, a third bird came and snuggled up to them, which they didn't seem to mind at all.
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More Ws at ABC Wednesday and more birds at World Bird Wednesday

Sources and further reading:
Internet Bird Collection
Bird Life
Wikipedia

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