Zosterops pallidus (Orange river
Gariepglasogie [Afrikaans]; Kaapse brilvogel [Dutch]
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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
- 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.
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.