Head and body length: approx. 14 cm
13 - 15 g
Estimated at 10,00 - 15,000
Low secondary forests and forest edges of three of the Ogasawara (also known as Bonin) islands
And then there was one. The only endemic bird remaining on the Ogasawara islands, the Bonin white-eye ha s seen the teeming subtropical forest it once made its home largely cleared. It continues to build its cup-shaped, double layered nest in secondary forests and spends its day foraging for insects and fruits.And there are relatively few birds around, its role as a seed disperser has taken on an over-sized importance in the health of the ecosystem. With the recent naming of the island as a world heritage site, the birds future s looking brighter. But limited as it i to three islands, population remains vulnerable.