; class Aves, order Passeriformes)
A family of small birds which have green upper-parts, yellow or white under-parts, and a distinctive, white eye ring. Their bills are slender, pointed, and slightly curved, and their tongues have frilled tips. Their wings are medium-length and pointed and their tails medium-length and square. They inhabit forests and brush, feed on insects, fruit, and nectar, and nest in trees and bushes. The 63 Zosterops species show great diversity and there are many endemic island species; they are gregarious and build semi-pendant nests in trees and bushes. There are 11 genera in the family, with about 84 species, found in Africa, southern Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australasia, and the Pacific islands.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.