Orange River White-eye (Zosterops pallidus)
This species is about 12 cm long with rounded wings, strong legs, and a conspicuous ring of white feathers round the eyes. There are a few sub-specie to the White-eye and how you tell them apart is not easy.. the colour of the body or chest is usually the give away sign…
They are very vocal, and constantly keep in touch with soft trilled pee, pree or pirreee.
This is a sociable species forming large flocks outside the breeding season. It builds a cup nest in a tree and lays 2-3 unspotted pale blue eggs. The eggs hatch in 11–12 days, and fledging occurs in another 12–13 days. The peak breeding season is September to December.
The Orange River White-eye feeds mainly on insects, but also soft fleshy flowers, nectar, fruit and small grains.
It apparently readily comes to bird feeders….
Just realised it is almost the same size as a small orange…
Whooowa what was that that flew by…???