Dusky White-eye

Zosterops finschii




White-eyes (Zosteropidae)

Code 4


Code 6



Egg Color:


Number of Eggs:

2 - 5

Incubation Days:

11 - 12

Egg Incubator:

Both sexes

Nest Location:

Nest is built in the fork of a tree, or crossed vines several feet above ground.

Nest Material:

Moss, plant fibers and grass.





Dusky White-eye: Tiny, warbler-like bird with red-brown eye, brown-gray plumage above and on head, and olive-gray below. Sharp, black bill. Short tail with square tip. Medium, black legs and feet. Feeds on berries and fruit by picking them off of the foliage and branches at all levels of the vegetation. Also takes small insects. Often forages in flocks.

Breeding and Nesting

Dusky White-eye: No information is known about the nesting habits for this species but is likely similar to that of other white-eye species. Other white-eyes make small cup nests of twigs and grass and lay two to five eggs. Both sexes incubate them for 11 to 12 days.

Foraging and Feeding

Dusky White-eye: Feeds on berries and small fruits. Also takes insects on occasion. This small bird forages by picking food items off of twigs, foliage, and grass. It often forages in flocks.


Dusky White-eye: Call note is "cheee." Noisy when in flight, producing a rollicking "chee-che-che-che."

Similar Species

Giant White-eye is larger, plain olive overall, with a thick yellow-orange bill. Palau Bush-warbler is larger, plain olive overall, with a dark eyeline.

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