Family White-eyes and Yuhinas (Zosteropidae)

Least Concern

Sri Lanka White-eye (Zosterops ceylonensis)


Taxonomy

French: Zostérops de Ceylan German: Sri-Lanka-Brillenvogel Spanish: Anteojitos cingalés
Taxonomy:

Zosterops ceylonensis

Holdsworth

, 1872,

Nuwara Eliya and on the upper hills, Sri Lanka

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Closest to Z. palpebrosus, and may have originated from ancestors of latter following their double colonization of Sri Lanka. Morphologically (long tail and bill, large wing, greener upperparts) and ecologically (restricted to hills) apparently closest to race nilgiriensis of Z. palpebrosus. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Hills and mountains of Sri Lanka.

Descriptive notes

c. 11 cm; one female 12·6g. Male has top of head and upperparts between olive-green and dark citrine; lores and streak under eye dusky grey, some grey also on ear-... read more

Voice

Jingling song, heard before sunrise, reminiscent of sound made by shaking bunch of keys, repeated 8... read more

Habitat

Forest, forest edge, low isolated bushes, tea plantations, patna jungle, and gardens;... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar, berries, and insects; insects include tiny moths and small caterpillars (Lepidoptera), in particular those of the tea tortrix (... read more

Breeding

Feb–Jul, with peak in Apr, and renewed activity in Aug–Sept, occasionally in other months. Nest built by both sexes, a small... read more

Movements

Not known.  

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restrictedrange species: present in Sri Lanka EBA. The most common bird species in higher parts of Sri Lanka.  

Recommended citation

van Balen, B. (2017). Sri Lanka White-eye (Zosterops ceylonensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/60164 on 16 December 2017).