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Mauritius Grey White-eye - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mike Barth
Mauritius Island, June 2015
Zosterops mauritianus

Identification

9.5 cm (4 in)
White rump, the rest of the body is blue grey. The legs are nearly blackish. There is also a conspicious ring of white feathers around the chestnut coloured eyes.

Distribution

Mauritius Island.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly considered conspecific with Reunion Grey White-eye under the name Mascarene White-eye.

Habitat

Woodlands, forests, and gardens.

Behaviour

Diet

Their diet consists mostly of insects; but they also eat fruit and nectar.

Breeding

The clutch consists of 2-4 pale blue eggs. The nest is cup-shaped nest and is padded with plant material.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2014. IOC World Bird Names (version 4.3). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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