Oriental White-eye

Scientific Name: Zosterops palpebrosus
Malay Name: Kelicap Kacamata Biasa
Chinese Name: 灰腹绣眼鸟

Found from Indian subcontinent to southern China and Southeast Asia.

Polytypic. Subspecies are: palpebrosus, nilgiriensis, salimalii, egregius, siamensis, nicobaricus, williamsoni, auriventer, buxtoni, melanurus, unicus, occidentis

Local Subspecies: auriventer

Size: 10.5-11 cm

IdentificationAdult has rich olive upperparts, greyish underparts with yellowish ventral stripe and vent, yellowish forehead/throat and a distinctive white eye-ring.

Habitat: Parks, gardens, mangroves, forest edge and secondary growth.

Behavior/Ecology: Highly gregarious.

Local Status: Common (introduced) resident. A resident that is known to breed in Singapore at least up to 1944 but disappeared from the records over several post-war decades. Current population probably originated from escapees.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Any patch of suitable habitat like Bidadari, Sungei Buloh, Pulau Ubin, Pasir Ris Park, etc.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
David Wells (2007) The Birds of Thai-Malay Peninsula, Volume 2