Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Little Japanese White-Eye



The Japanese White-eye, also known as Mejiro, is native to Japan. It was introduced to Oahu in 1929. It's a common small bird here in Hawaii, found in the city as well as forest areas. It usually travels in small flocks. It is a cute little song bird that slightly resembles the native Hawaiian bird, Amakihi. The difference between the two however, is that the Mejiro has a white circle around the eye, while the Amakihi does not.

These little song birds are plentiful in my yard but I have to be extremely patient (or lucky) to catch a glimpse of them. They are quick moving, always on the search for nectar, insects and fruit. They bring a colorful little addition to my garden, and I am happy to have them around.

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Lily Pang said...

Lovely! I like the fresh color very much! It's so nice to be around with the beautiful nature.

Schar Freeman said...

I love this Lisa!! Both of your latest bird paintings are wonderful!
aloha, schar

Jean Levert Hood said...

Very lovely Lisa!! What a cheerful looking little bird. Yes, some of them are really hard to get to stay still. Our painted buntings are very hard to see, about the only time I do is when they come to drink. Your other birds are lovely too!

artbylmr said...

What a unique little bird - and perfecty painted! So sweet!