Economic Importance for Humans: Positive
Cape white-eyes are very vocal songbirds, and as a result are often caged and kept as pets by humans. Cape white-eyes also consume a lot of aphids and other pests that are mostly found around farms and gardening plants. This ecosystem function aids in the preservation of crops and gardens allowing humans to produce healthier vegetation.
Positive Impacts: pet trade ; controls pest population
- Allan, D., J. Harrison, R. Navarro, B. van Wigen, M. Thompson. 1996. The impact of commercial afforestation on bird populations in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa--Insights from bird-atlas data.. Biological Conservation, 79(2-3): "173-185".