Japanese White-eye

Zosterops japonicus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Code 4

JAWE

Code 6

ZOSJAP

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Japanese White-eye has a very large range, estimated globally at between one million and ten million square kilometers. It is primarily found in Asia, though it has been introduced to the United States. Found on all the main islands of Hawaii. This bird prefers ecological systems of Temperate, Subtropical, or Tropical Forests, although it has been known to reside in urban areas and rural gardens. The population of the bird has not been determined but is estimated to be quite large, as the bird is listed as common in many areas where it resides. The Japanese White-eye does not currently meet the criteria for the IUCN Red List and has an evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Japanese White-eye: Small and active, this introduced songbird has olive-green upperparts and a prominent white eyering. Chin, throat and undertail coverts light yellow, belly off-white with dusky wash on sides and flanks. Gray wings and tail are outlined in green. Legs, feet, and bill are black.


Range and Habitat

Japanese White-eye: Native to Japan. Found all over Japan, including Okinawa. Introduced to O'ahu in 1929 for pest control. Most abundant bird in Hawaii and is found on all islands. Habitats include trees and shrubs in towns, parks, forests, and rainforests from sea level to tree line, and even in mangroves in the south.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tseet, tseet"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Japanese White-eye is the most common bird in the Hawaiian Islands.
  • It was introduced to Hawaii as a means of pest control in 1929.
  • This bird has become a carrier of avian parasites that contribute to the decline of native species.
  • A group of white-eyes are collectively known as a "spectacle" and a "ring" of white-eyes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Japanese White-eye

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Crystal Adams

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
VentX
Birds do not have two separate cavities for excrement and reproduction like humans do. In birds, there is one single entrance/exit that suits both functions called the vent, cloaca or anus.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X