Kingdom: Animalia       Phylum: Chordata       Class: Aves (Birds)       Order: Passeriformes      Family: Zosteropidae
 

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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.


Oriental White-eye  (Zosterops palpebrosus) - widespread resident


Passeriformes families
Aegithalidae
Alaudidae
Bombycillidae
Certhiidae
Cinclidae
Cisticolidae
Corvidae
Eurylaimidae
Fringillidae
Hirundinidae
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Muscicapidae
Nectariniidae
Paridae
Passeridae
Pittidae
Pycnonotidae
Regulidae
Sittidae
Sturnidae
Sylviidae
Zosteropidae

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