Japanese White-eye of Taiwan

on 22nd December 2016

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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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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