bright white-eye-ring; gray below; rusty flanks (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

Cape White-eye
Zosterops pallidus

Native Range: Africa

Notes: white-eyes (Zosteropidae) comprise a large family of small birds that look much alike and are also united by one prominent field mark that gives them their name-- a bright white eye-ring; these are highly social birds almost invariably found in small flocks of a dozen or more individuals that travel together through the brush and trees while foraging; nest is a deep cup made of plant fibers and down; most species are socially monogamous, with pairs seeming to bond for life.

sharp bill; yellow mostly confined to throat area (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

grayish underparts below throat (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

distinguishing among white-eye species is tough (South Africa; 2007-06-30)

an exuberent individual taking flight (South Africa; 2007-06-30)