Zosterops pallidus (Orange river white-eye) 

Gariepglasogie [Afrikaans]; Kaapse brilvogel [Dutch]

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Zosterops pallidus (Orange river white-eye)  Zosterops pallidus (Orange river white-eye) 

Orange river white-eye. [photo Callie de Wet ]

Orange River white-eye, Williston, South Africa. [photo Trevor Hardaker ]

Distribution and habitat

Endemic to southern Africa, with the bulk of its population in central and western South Africa, extending into Namibia. It is common in habitats with thorny vegetation, especially along watercourses and drainage lines. It also occurs in well-wooded gardens and parks, especially with poplars (Populus) groves, Eucalyptus plantations and gardens with roses.


Its diet is little known, however it is though to mainly eat invertebrates, gleaning prey from leaves and frequently foraging for dry currants (Rhus).


  • Very little is known about its breeding habits, partly because only a few of its nests have been found. In shape and construction the nest is very similar to the Cape white-eye's.
  • It lays about 3 eggs, usually in the month's between October and March.


Not threatened.


  • Hockey PAR, Dean WRJ and Ryan PG 2005. Roberts - Birds of southern Africa, VIIth ed. The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund, Cape Town. 




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