Japanese White-eye of Taiwan

WhiteEyeJap [AmarSingh] 1

“While in transit at a hotel, we saw a flock of 15-16 Japanese White-eyes (Zosterops japonicas simplex) feeding in the early morning.

WhiteEyeJap [AmarSingh] 2

“These resident white-eyes are known to visit parks, urban environments, even apartment balconies.

WhiteEyeJap [AmarSingh] 3

“They were relatively unafraid of us, allowing a close approach, as they were busy foraging for caterpillars and insects in the cold morning on roadside trees.

WhiteEyeJap sonogram [AmarSingh]

“They have a almost continual, high pitched, ‘communal’ call as they feed together (above). Sonogram is also given above.

WhiteEyeJap [AmarSingh] 5

“A few birds had a darker flanks and breast with a ‘dirty’, less bright head and I wondered if they were Zosterops japonicus japonicas, which are migrants (above, below).

WhiteEyeJap [AmarSingh] 6

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
14th December 2014

Location: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
Habitat: Urban Environment

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