- Zosterops palpebrosus
9·6–11 cm (3¼-4¼ in)
- Greenish-yellow upperparts
- White to light grey underparts
- Bright yellow throat and breast
- Rounded wings
- Strong legs
- White eye-ring
Birds that are completely yellow (including underside) have been reported in the range of the subspecies siamensis.
From Afghanistan over Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, China, Burma to Indochina. Also found on Sri Lanka and the Andamans as well as in isolated populations in Oman (Mahawt Island) and in southern Iran.
This species plus other subspecies were in the past lumped together in the former Oriental White-eye. Indian White-eye includes mostly the subspecies from the western end of that group.
There are seven subspecies1
- Z. p. occidentis
- Z. p. palpebrosus
- Z. p. nilgiriensis
- Western India (Western Ghats); most populations elsewhere in southern peninsular India are more or less similar
- Z. p. salimalii
- Southeastern Hyderabad, southeastern India
- Z. p. egregius
- Z. p. siamensis
- Southern Myanmar east through Indochina
- Z. p. nicobaricus
- Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Common in hill forests and wooded areas, but also occupies forested areas including mangrove down to sea level. In the eastern end of its range it rarely is found in lowland.
It builds a tree nest and lays 2-5 unspotted pale blue eggs.
Its diet mainly includes insects, but it will also eat nectar and fruits of various kinds.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Birdforum thread which from about post 80 discusses the taxonomic changes leading to redefining the former Oriental White-eye
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Indian White-eye. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 6 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Indian_White-eye