Sunday, December 28, 2008

Birds I saw while walking around.

This little bird is the Japanese White-eye (Zosterops japonicus). Also known as the Maejiro, it was introduced to Oahu in 1929 from Japan. It's a common small bird in the city as well as the forest.

It nests from February to November. The nest is a small cup of woven fibers and grass. The eggs incubate for 11 days and then fledge after 9 or 10 days.

The Japanese White-eye at a distance looks very similar to the native Amaki'i. It's easily distinguished however, by the white circle around the eye. The Amaki'i has a black circle.

Common Waxbill(Estrilda astrild)

This bird is only found on Oahu. It was introduced from Africa sometime in the late 1970's. This bird is very shy. It travels in large groups of individuals that are most easily recognized by their call as they fly away. The easiest place to see them is in large open grass fields where they are found eating weed seeds.

Red-Crested Cardinal(Paroaria coronata) Also known as the Brazilian Cardinal, it was introduced around 1930 from South America. It feeds on seeds, plant matter, insects and fruit.
Look for this bird traveling in family groups. If you see a bird with a brown crest and black bill, it's a juvenile. Observe the unique interaction of the juvenile with the parents. Often, the juveniles will wait for the adult to pick up the food and give it to them, even though they are the same size!


  1. Thank you, Denise. I knew they were some kind of cardinal but I didn't know what kind. It's funny that it's taken a tourist to teach me about the birds we have here. :-) I've known about the mejiro since I was a little girl but I haven't seen them around since. What fun!

  2. I am so glad Kay, if has been a lot of fun learning about your beautiful birds here.

  3. Love the post of different birds. So unusual looking.

  4. Wow...what wonderful birds! How fortunate you are to see these lovely unusual beauties!

  5. I recognize these birds from the when I used to raise "exotic finches". Some make a jail break, some are released. It looks like you're having a fun trip.