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Oriental White-eye, a common resident bird of Bangladesh

Oriental white-eye is a common passerine* residential bird of Bangladesh. It easily found in the forests, mangroves, villages, groves, gardens or orchards in all appropriate divisions of Bangladesh.

Oriental White-eye

Local name of the bird is Udoi Dholachokh and also known as Shet-ankhi. Scientific or Latin name is Zosterops palpebrosus which means large-browed eye-ring.

Oriental White-eye is a small yellowish-green bird. It is 10cm in length, 9 g in weight, wings are around 5.3cm, bill is 1.2cm, tarsus are 1.5cm and tail is around 4cm. Upperparts are uniformly yellowish-green with darker wings and tail. Its throats and upper breast are bright yellow, the lower breast and belly are whitish and its undertail-coverts are yellow. It has a prominent white eye-ring, blackish lore and a small dark patch under the eye. Its irises are yellowish-brown, the legs and feet are plumbeous grey to grey-brown and its bill is black with grey at the base of the lower mandible.

Globally this is also available in much of Asia, including Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, China, Afghanistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Indochina.

Habits and behavior

Oriental white-eye is a social singing busy bird and is usually seen in small parties of up to 30-50. Only during the breeding season pairs form and they seclude themselves from the group until the young ones fledge out. Their small body size and an active lifestyle burns tremendous amount of energy hence they have to feed constantly and they have a high metabolic rate. It feeds on insects, spiders, caterpillars, berries, buds, seeds and nectar. They often join hunting parties of small babblers and leaf warblers. They are sometimes seen active even in night.

Breeding and Nesting

It breeds in April – September. The female lays 2-4 pale blue spotless eggs, 1.5 x 1.1 cm each. Incubation takes 10-11 days. This is one of shortest incubation period of any bird species. Young The young are fed by both the parents with insects and fruit pulp. Once the young leave the nest and start to move about the nesting area, the parents constantly keep a watch on them and feed them at regular intervals. This period is the most dangerous period of their lives as they are preyed on by raptors, rodents and can even fall prey to big spiders.

They nests on horizontal fork at the thin end of branch well covered by leaves. The nesting materials are soft grasses, rootlets, moss, lichen, cobwebs, cottons and other soft materials.

*A passerine is a bird of the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all bird species. Passerine some time also called song birds.


1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_White-eye,

2. http://speciesguide.delhibird.net/internal/90/oriental_white_eye.htm,

3. A field guide to the Birds of India by Krys Kazmicrczak,

4. Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh

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Location: Khadem Nagar, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Date: 22nd May, 2009


Oriental White-eye


Location: Khadem Nagar, Sylhet, Bangladesh

Date: 22nd May, 2009

Oriental White-eye

Oriental White-eye

Comments (12)

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