|Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves (Birds) Order: Passeriformes Family: Zosteropidae|
Zosteropidae (White-eyes) are a mostly homogeneous, Old World tropical family of small arboreal passerine birds. The White-eyes are most closely related to Old World Sylviinae Warblers. Their name comes from prominent white-feathered rings around the dark eyes. These drab greenish birds are often found in chattering flocks moving through the canopy. All species of white-eyes are sociable, forming large flocks which only separate on the approach of the breeding season.
The common characteristics of White-eyes are, a brush-tipped tongue for feeding on nectar (along with insects), semi-pendant tree nests, and pale blue or white eggs. They have rounded wings and strong legs. The size ranges from 10 cm to 15 cm in length. Over 70 % of Zosteropidae belong to the genus Zosterops.
The White-eyes range from tropical Africa to South Asia to Australia. They also inhabit most of the islands in Indian and Pacific oceans. Only one species is found in India.