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Mar 13, 2017

Japanese White-eye is early sign of spring in Taiwan

Photo by Sam Yeh / AFP /Getty
Japanese White-eye sits in Kanzakura Tree in Taipei
Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus)
There are approximately 100 to 125 species of White-eyes, depending on whose list you're reading, in the Old World tropics (including the South Pacific and Hawaiian Islands).   White-eyes are small passerines up to 6" in length, with white eye rings, that usually form large flocks looking for insects, fruit and nectar. Taiwan, which has a bird species list numbering 645, is located 120 kms. off the the south-east coast of mainland China, halfway between the East and South China Seas.   Its capital is a special municipality of mainland China known as Taipei.  Being an island, fully 1/3 of Taiwan's 645 birds species can be categorized as seabirds, shorebirds, marshland birds, and fish or crustacean-eating birds, etc.  White-eyes are the city bird of Kurayoshi City in Japan.
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