Two sweet Indian white-eyes

These birds live in open woodland on the Indian subcontinent. They forage in small groups, feeding on nectar and small insects.

Two fuzzy yellow birds with white eye markings facing each other among leaves and twigs.

Indian white-eyes (Zosterops palpebrosus) are small birds, about 4-6 inches (10-15 cm) long. They’re sometimes kept as pets. Our friend Swami Krishnananda sent this series of images of these birds on August 8, 2019, and wrote, “Yesterday a flock of white-eyes landed on a tree below my room. Two of them started grooming themselves, grooming each other, sharing some sweet words of love …”

Two fuzzy yellow birds with long pointed black beaks and white marks around their eyes.

“While there two birds called white-eye, there are four white eyes looking at you!!” wrote Swami Krishnananda.

Two yellow fuzzy birds with white marking around their eyes looking straight at you.

And he wrote: “They were also looking at me as if to ask why I was intruding on them and what I was up to!! JAI GURU!!”

Bottom line: Photo from India of two Indian white-eyes, formerly called Oriental white-eyes.

Deborah Byrd

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