Orange River White-eye

Zosterops pallidus

Orange River White-eyes occur only in South Africa’s central and western provinces and into Namibia, where they commonly inhabit thorny riparian vegetation and well-planted gardens, feeding primarily on insects and other invertebrates. Little is known about the breeding habits of these tiny birds (9g in weight, 11cm long), though their nesting season apparently spans spring and summer.

The IUCN considers the Orange River White-eye to be of least concern. Many authorities consider it a subspecies of the closely related and very similar Cape White-eye, with which it sometimes interbreeds. We had our first encounter with the Orange River White-eye during a recent visit to Augrabies Falls National Park.


25 thoughts on “Orange River White-eye

    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Exactly the reason why the scientists are divided on the subject. But by that same token, horses and donkeys must then also be the same species if they can bring forth mules? Luckily these things can be figured out be people much smarter than me, and I can be left to enjoy the little beauties.

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  1. T Ibara Photo

    These are gorgeous photos of a beautiful bird. We have “white eyes” in Japan too – they move very quickly and are challenging to photograph. Thank you for sharing — I’ve been enjoying your photos for a few years. Best wishes.

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      1. T Ibara Photo

        Thank you very much for your reply. It’s a pleasure to finally say “hello” – I’ve been a silent admirer for some time 🙂 My husband and I enjoy viewing the beauty of your country through your lens.

        Best wishes, Takami

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