White-eyes have developed highly specialized tongues, which allow them to feed on nectar. They also feed on fruits (especially in winter) and small insects. The birds hunt for insects and spiders by picking them from foliage, probing into small crevices, and sometimes catching them as they fly. They often forage in gardens, orchards, and at the edges of forests. White-eyes are very aggressive when fighting over food. They often flutter their wings and fight in the air with other birds while clattering loudly.

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