White-eyed & Yuhinas of Vietnam – Zosteropidae

With 8 species White-eyed & Yuhinas of Vietnam, occurring over the Highlands. Yuhinas have crested like the Bulbuls family but they get a little fatter in a smaller size makes them so cute. And the White-eyed are quite similar to Iora but like their name, they have 2 white ringed around their eyes making them look likes are wearing glasses.

You may know: Yuhinas & Parrotbills is two families that create a unique diversity for the Highlands of Vietnam

The overview of White-eyed & Yuhinas families

The White-eyed & Yuhinas are a family, Zosteropidae, of small passerine birds native to tropical, subtropical and temperate Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern and Eastern Asia, and Australasia. White-eyes inhabit most tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, the western Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Guinea. Discounting some widespread members of the genus Zosterops, most species are endemic to single islands or archipelagos.

The silvereye, Zosterops lateralis, naturally colonised New Zealand, where it is known as the “wax-eye” or tauhou (“stranger”), from 1855. The silvereye has also been introduced to the Society Islands in French Polynesia, while the Japanese white-eye has been introduced to Hawaii.

The White-eyed & Yuhinas are mostly of undistinguished appearance, the plumage being generally greenish olive above, and pale grey below. Some species have a white or bright yellow throat, breast or lower parts, and several have buff flanks. As their common name implies, many species have a conspicuous ring of tiny white feathers around their eyes. The scientific name of the group also reflects this latter feature, being derived from the Ancient Greek for “girdle-eye”. They have rounded wings and strong legs. Like many other nectivorous birds, they have slender, pointed bills, and brush-tipped tongues. The size ranges up to 15 cm (5.9 in) in length.

All the species of white-eyes are sociable, forming large flocks which only separate on the approach of the breeding season. They build tree nests and lay two to four eggs which are usually pale blue. Though mainly insectivorous, they eat nectar and fruits of various kinds. The silvereye can be a problem in Australian vineyards, through piercing the grape allowing infection or insect damage to follow

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White-eyed & Yuhinas of Vietnam species note

Yuhinas of Vietnam

White-collared Yuhina Yuhina diademata

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tour cover: North-West

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Mountain

Yuhinas of Vietnam

Stripe-throated Yuhina Yuhina gularis

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Highlands

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Mountain

Yuhinas of Vietnam

Whiskered Yuhina Yuhina flavicollis

Status: Uncommon resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Northern

Hotspot: Sa Pa – Fansipan Mountain

White-eyed & Yuhinas of Vietnam

Indochinese Yuhina Yuhina torqueola

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Southern

Hotspot: Dalat, Bach Ma, Tam Dao

White-eyed & Yuhinas of Vietnam

Black-chinned Yuhina Yuhina nigrimenta

Status: Common resident

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Exclude Southern

Hotspot: Dalat, Bach Ma, Tam Dao

White-eyed & Yuhinas of Vietnam

Chestnut-flanked White-eye Zosterops erythropleurus

Status: Uncommon Pass Migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Northern

Hotspot: Xuan Thuy, Cuc Phuong, Ba Be

Yuhinas of Vietnam

Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosus

Status: Common Resident (Throughout)

Best time to watch & Photo: Feb-Apr

Tours: Throughout

Hotspot: Cat Tien, Nui Dinh, Ma Da

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Japanese White-eye Zosterops japonicus

Status: Rare pass migrant

Best time to watch & Photo: Jun-Aug

Tours:

Hotspot: Bach Ma, Cuc Phuong, Ba Vi

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