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GALLERIES > BIRDS > PASSERIFORMES > ZOSTEROPIDAE > JAPANESE WHITE-EYE [Zosterops japonicus]


Japanese White-eye Picture @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Kealia Ponds, Maui, Hawaii
GPS: 20.8N, -156.5W, elev=170' MAP
Date: October 21, 2015
ID : B13K9388 [4896 x 3264]

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Japanese White-eye Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Iao Park, Maui, Hawaii
GPS: 20.9N, -156.5W, elev=934' MAP
Date: October 12, 2007
ID : 5723 [3888 x 2592]

Japanese White-eye Image @ Kiwifoto.com
 
 
Location: Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaii
GPS: 19.4N, -155.3W, elev=3,559' MAP
Date: October 15, 2007
ID : 6521 [3888 x 2592]

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SPECIES INFO

The Japanese White-eye, or Mejiro (Zosterops japonicus or japonica) is a small passerine bird in the white-eye family. Its original native range includes much of east Asia, including Japan, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. It has been intentionally introduced to other parts of the world as a pet and as pest control, with mixed results. As one of the native species of the Japanese islands, it has been depicted in Japanese art on numerous occasions, and historically was kept as a cage bird.

The Japanese White-eye is about 4 to 4.5 inches in size, with a yellow forehead, a greenish back, and dark brown wings and tail outlined in green. Like other white-eyes, this species exhibits the distinctive white eyering that gives it its name (mejiro also meaning "white eye" in Japanese). It is omnivorous, feeding primarily on insects and nectar.

Introduced to Hawaii in 1929 as a means of insect control, it has since become the most common bird on the Hawaiian Islands, and has become a vector for avian parasites that are now known to adversely affect populations of native birds such as Hawaiian honeycreepers, as well as spreading invasive plant species through discarded seeds.



                                     




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