is even more sociable than the other birds, forming very large, scattered flocks except in
the breeding season, when the birds pair off.Always on the move, it spends its waking
hours in an almost caseless search for small caterpillars (the tea tortix, Homona
coffearia, being a special favourite), tiny moths, etc.,and in visiting
nectar-producing blossoms and berry-bearing shrubs.
The breeding season is from March to
May. Sometimes they have a second season in August-September. The nest is large and not
quite solidly built. It is a neat cup, composed of fine fibers, moss and fluff, slung
hammock-wise in a fork of a leafy twig. They lay two eggs that measure about 16.2×11.3mm.
The eggs are very pale prussian blue in colour.