(Zosterops saypani)

FUN FACT

The National Aviary is a partner with the Marianas Avifauna Conservation (MAC) Project, which is working to save this and other species in the region from extinction. Although the population of this species still numbers in the hundreds of thousands, the introduction of the brown tree snake on Saipan puts this bird at extreme risk; consequently, it is considered endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Distribution

N Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Aguijan

Habitat

Found in a wide range of habitats from native limestone forest to scrubby secondary growth of disturbed habitats and even urban areas; less common in swordgrass savannah

Diet

insects, seeds, fruits, caterpillars and berries; unlike other White-eyes, it is not strongly nectarivorous

Breeding

Nest is a woven cup of fine grass and roots, with cobwebs and wool on the outside, usually suspended in the fork of a branch 3-13 feet above ground. Clutch size is usually two (sometimes 3) pale blue eggs.

Status

Endangered

At the Aviary

Bridled White-eyes are at home in our Grasslands habitat