BoninWhiteEye

March 25, 2017 – Bonin White-eye or Bonin Honeyeater (Apalopteron familiare)

Found only on the Ogasawara Islands of Japan, these white-eyes were previously found on the Muko-jima and Chichi-jima Island groups, but now live only on the Haha-jima Islands. They eat a variety of fruits, including papayas and bananas, along with insects and flowers. Nesting in the forks of trees, or sometimes in cavities, they build deep cup nests from twigs, dry leaves, and moss. Both parents incubate the eggs and care for the chicks. Population decline from habitat loss and the introduction of domestic cats to their range has led to their classification as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

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