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Fiji White-eyes or Layard's White-eyes

Fiji White-eye or Layard’s White-eye (Zosterops explorator)

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The Fiji White-eyes or Layard's White-eyes (Zosterops explorator) is a species of passerine bird in the white-eye family Zosteropidae. The species is also known as the Layard's White-eye.


Distribution / Range

It is endemic to the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu, and Ovalau in Fiji in the South Pacific Ocean, where it is a common bird of forests.

Where it co-occurs with the closely related Silvereye it is more common in denser forest.


Description

It is a typical small white-eye of the genus Zosterops, similar in appearance to the Silvereye, although the plumage is much yellower, it is chunkier and has a complete eye-ring. The back is olive green and the throat and belly yellow.


Calls / Vocalizations

The call is described as "a high pitched seeu-seeu".


Diet / Feeding

The Fiji White-eye feeds by gleaning insects from shrubs and trees. It will join mixed-species feeding flocks with other Fijian birds, including Silvereyes. It also feeds lower down in the trees than Silvereyes.


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