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Japanese white eye

Observed: 20th February 2007 By: miked
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Description:

A white eye in Japan as part of testing a few non uk observations

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Exobasidium's picture

Japanese White-eye

日本語: メジロ

miked's picture

Well we have the name in

Well we have the name in english and latin so why not japanese too!

dshubble's picture

The bird of many names...

It's a passerine and also known as the mejiro (which means 'white-eye'). It's an interesting bird as it is a good example of why species introductions are often not a good idea - it was introduced to Hawaii (among other places I think) in the early 20th C as a control on insect pests, but proved to be a disease vector which has impacted some of the native Hawaiian species such as honeycreepers.