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Olive White-eye
Zosterops vert - Oiseau lunette vert
Zosterops chloronothos

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 Olive White-Eye
Olive White-eye - Terpsiphone bourbonnensis
Photograph Colin Taylor
 

 Description

Scientific Name

Zosterops chloronothos

English Name

Olive White-eye

French Name

Oiseau lunette vert

Creole Name

Lizye blan

Habitat

Remnants of native vegetation of higher altitudes

Geographic Range

Mauritius

First Description

Vieillot, 1817

CITES Status

Critically endangered estimated 80-100 pairs left

   

 Classification

Kingdom
Phylum
Sub phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species

Animalia
Chordata
Vertebrata
Aves
Passeriformes
Zosteropidae
Zosterops
Zosterops chloronothos

 

 Details

Food

Basically nectar of various flowers. Also picks off insects from vegetation

Reproduction

Two pale eggs in a delicate, cup-shaped nest of thin plant material well hidden in foliage. Incubation about two weeks. The birds cover a wide range in the non-breeding period.

Remarks

Conspicuous white circle around the eyes. Male and female plumage alike. Numbers have declined from an estimated 300 pairs in 1975 to about half that number in 1990.
Illustrated ion a 4 cent stamp and a calendar published by the State Commercial Bank.

Olive White-eye stamp - Mauritius SG 319 (1965) - Zosterops chloronothos
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Sites

 

Bassin Blanc
Macchabee Forest Road

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