Zosteropidae (white-eyes)

White-eyes are small birds. They are very diligent and often sing very well. Their favorite food is worms and small insects.


Today, WIKIPET.NET share with you information about the White-eyed bird. And we will learn about farming techniques and how to care for this bird.

1. The origin of the White-Eyes bird

White-eyes, whose scientific name is Zosteropidae, are birds of the order Sparrows. This is a bird that prefers to live only in places with a warm tropical climate in Africa and South Asia. These include: Australia or New Zealand and some appear in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam. The white-eyed bird is a beautiful, well-sung bird. Therefore, they are very popular among ornamental birders and sought to buy.

2. Description of the bird Zosteropidae

+ General characteristics

This is a bird with an extremely small, lovely appearance. They have a yellow beak and blue or yellow plumage.

In addition, they have a round white band of feathers right at the eye that is easy to recognize. Currently, based on the color of their feathers, people divide into two types of birds:

White-eyes golden feathers: The plumage is golden, the temperament is gentle, not vivacious, very agile. They usually live in places with a warm climate located below the south.

White-eyes golden feathers

Green-feathered White-eyes: The plumage is characteristic green, the voice is good, flexible, agile and stronger than the yellow feather breed. Therefore, people often prefer this blue bird breed to make ornamental birds in the house. They usually live in places with a cool climate in the North.

Green-feathered White-eyes

Most white-eyed birds today have short tails and wings. The body length is only about 10cm. Slender legs, tables with three fingers help to increase climbing, clinging to branches.

White-eyed birds have an average lifespan of 4-7 years, but with the best care, they can live up to 10 years.

+ Bear

The breeding season of the common white-eyed bird begins in March and ends in July every year.

Empty and roofed birds will pair up with each other and find places to nest. They will then mate and lay eggs. Usually each litter the female can lay 2-4 eggs.

They undergo incubation for 14-15 days, then the eggs will hatch into young birds. Throughout the process of incubation and reproduction. The empty white-eyed bird will be responsible for finding food, and the female will incubate the eggs.

3. White-eyes bird breeding techniques

+ How to choose birds that sing well

The most important thing when you want to keep a white-eyed bird in the house. That is, you need to choose a bird with a good and healthy singing voice. Some of the following characteristics that you should pay attention to during the selection of ornamental birds:

  1. You should choose birds with a large, yellow beak, deep jaws, thin feathers,… Because they are birds with good singing voices, flexibility, and agility.
  2. Next, choose birds with large heads, round eyes, looking upwards. These are healthy birds, which are not weak.

However, no matter what criteria you choose white-eyes. Then the most important thing to help them live a long life, sing or that is your care and feeding process.

+ Making cages for White-eyes birds

Because this is a bird of rather small size, but agile and vivacious. Therefore you need to choose a medium or large sized bird cage. So that they can freely fly and jump inside. The material for the cage can be wooden, bamboo. Or stainless steel depending on your choice.

cages for White-eyes birds

+ Diet of white-eyed birds

White-eyes are like many indoor ornamental birds. They mainly feed on cereals, bran, insects or some fruits.

You need to change their meals regularly. In order to meet enough nutrients and vitamins to help them stay healthy and not get sick.

In particular, during the period when white-eyes birds change feathers. You need to replenish them with more bran along with fruit than usual to stimulate hair growth and growth.

4. How to care for white-eyes birds at home

White-eyes are birds that are easy to keep and easy to care for at home. You just need to note a few of the following characteristics:

+ Keep cages & birds hygienic

You can prepare a separate cage to serve the purpose of bathing your bird.

During bathing, you should only spray water to moisten their plumage. Your bird will cleanse its body on its own.

Note: Absolutely do not spray water too them, it can make them shocked and scared.

+ Prevention of diseases for birds

White-eyes as well as many other ornamental birds. When grown at home, they also often suffer from the following diseases:

  • Bacterial and parasitic infections: The most obvious manifestation when they are infected is the cessation of eating, ruffled feathers, and feces with an unpleasant odor. When this time their intestinal system has been infected with bacteria or parasites. You need to use a bird-specific anti-bacterial drug like Piperazine to treat.
  • Diarrhea: Your bird goes outside constantly, mostly with liquid stools. It is due to their unreasonable diet, spoiled food, mold, poor resistance. At this time you need to feed them with more quality, gentler food. Or you can give them Ampicillin to treat diarrhea.

5. Q&A

How to distinguish male and female white-eyes?

To distinguish the sex of white-eyed birds one usually relies on their appearance and song:
+ Male birds are slim, long, with their lower jaws spread and their legs high. They have a harsh, high-pitched and very diligent song.
+ The female is short-legged, the body is oval. And their singing is bass and less vocal than males.

What should I feed White-eyes? Do they grow fast and color beautifully?

In the wild, their food is: vermin and sweet ripe fruits. Especially bananas are the most favorite dish of this bird.
When keeping birds at home, breeders often feed them extra. Locusts, Chickpea Flour + eggs. And also their favorite banana.

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