Mata Puteh

 White Eye - Zosterops.



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Zosterops is a genus of birds in the White-eye family Zosteropidae

Zosterops are widely distrybuted throughout Africa and Asia, with 85 (based on David Alderton; You and Your Pet Bird) recognised species of these small softbills.

In Malaysia and many country near this region, it is called 'Mata Puteh' which mean white eye. this is because of the white ring at their eye. Many people like to keep this Mata puteh for their song. However, only male will have beautiful song, female will not have beautiful song.

In Asian region, Mata puteh is kept in cage for their songs and there are lots of competition held for this small bird.

In Malaysia mata puteh is widely distributed across the peninsula malaysia. however, since their size is small, not many people will realised them. 

Some of the Malaysia Bird Forum member have breed this species and he is willing to share about his experiance. Do visit Mata Puteh Forum - Malaysia Bird Forum for the discussion.

This genus contains with 73 the highest number of species in that family. They occur in the Afrotropic ecoregion, the Indomalaya zone, and the Australasia ecozone. They can reach a length between 8 and 15 cm. Their most characteric feature is the conspicious white feather ring around the eyes.

Some of the species of Zosterops
Zosterops abyssinicus Guerin-Meneville, 1843 
Zosterops albogularis Gould, 1837 
Zosterops anomalus Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1896 
Zosterops atricapillus Salvadori, 1879 
Zosterops atriceps Gray, 1860 
Zosterops atrifrons Wallace, 1864 
Zosterops borbonicus (Boddaert, 1783) 
Zosterops buruensis Salvadori, 1878 
Zosterops ceylonensis Holdsworth, 1872 
Zosterops chloris Bonaparte, 1850 
Zosterops chloronothos (Vieillot, 1817) 
Zosterops cinereus (Kittlitz, 1832) 
Zosterops citrinellus Bonaparte, 1850 
Zosterops consobrinorum Meyer, 1904 
Zosterops conspicillatus (Kittlitz, 1833) 
Zosterops erythropleurus Swinhoe, 1863 
Zosterops everetti Tweeddale, 1878 
Zosterops explorator Layard, 1875 
Zosterops ficedulinus Hartlaub, 1866 
Zosterops finschii (Hartlaub, 1868) 
Zosterops flavifrons (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) 
Zosterops flavus (Horsfield, 1821) 
Zosterops fuscicapillus Salvadori, 1876 
Zosterops grayi Wallace, 1864 
Zosterops griseotinctus Gray, 1858 
Zosterops griseovirescens Bocage, 1893 
Zosterops hypolais Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872 
Zosterops hypoxanthus Salvadori, 1881 
Zosterops inornatus Layard, 1878 
Zosterops japonicus Temminck & Schlegel, 1847 
Zosterops kirki Shelley, 1880 
Zosterops kuehni Hartert, 1906 
Zosterops kulambangrae Rothschild & Hartert, 1901 
Zosterops lateralis (Latham, 1802) 
Zosterops luteirostris Hartert, 1904 
Zosterops luteus Gould, 1843 
Zosterops maderaspatanus (Linnaeus, 1766) 
Zosterops mayottensis Schlegel, 1866 
Zosterops meeki Hartert, 1898 
Zosterops metcalfii Tristram, 1894 
Zosterops meyeni Bonaparte, 1850 
Zosterops minor Meyer, 1875 
Zosterops minutus Layard, 1878 
Zosterops modestus (Newton, 1867) 
Zosterops montanus Bonaparte, 1850 
Zosterops mouroniensis Milne-Edwards & Oustalet, 1885 
Zosterops murphyi Hartert, 1929 
Zosterops mysorensis Meyer, 1875 
Zosterops natalis Lister, 1889 
Zosterops nigrorum Tweeddale, 1878 
Zosterops novaeguineae Salvadori, 1878 
Zosterops oleagineus Hartlaub & Finsch, 1872 
Zosterops olivaceus (Linnaeus, 1766) 
Zosterops pallidus Swainson, 1838 
Zosterops palpebrosus (Temminck, 1824) 
Zosterops poliogaster Heuglin, 1861 
Zosterops rendovae Tristram, 1882 
Zosterops rennellianus Murphy, 1929 
Zosterops salvadorii Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1894 
Zosterops samoensis Murphy & Mathews, 1929 
Zosterops sanctaecrucis Tristram, 1894 
Zosterops semperi Hartlaub, 1868 
Zosterops senegalensis Bonaparte, 1850 
Zosterops splendidus Hartert, 1929 
Zosterops strenuus Gould, 1855 (extinct) 
Zosterops stresemanni Mayr, 1931 
Zosterops tenuirostris Gould, 1837 
Zosterops tephropleurus Gould, 1855 
Zosterops uropygialis Salvadori, 1874 
Zosterops vaughani Bannerman, 1924 
Zosterops vellalavella Hartert, 1908 
Zosterops wallacei Finsch, 1901 
Zosterops xanthochrous Gray, 1859 

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