This small, olive-gray bird is known by two names at once - the silver-eared messiah and the white-eared lyotrix (lat. Leiothrix argentauris). It lives in tropical forests and shrubs of Southeast Asia, from Pakistan and Indonesia to Vietnam and China.
The silver-eared messy is easily recognizable by its multi-colored dress: on its olive body, crimson tips of wings and tail stand out in bright spots, a black "cap" on its head and gray feathers near the ears, thanks to which it got its name.
Particularly impressive are the so-called "waves" - large flocks in which they unite in flight with other thymelia. The silver-eared mesias themselves live in groups of six to thirty individuals, spending most of their time on the ground.
Walking along the forest floor, they look under fallen leaves, looking for insects, or pick up fallen fruits, less often seeds. From time to time, they fly up trees, but they do not climb higher than five meters.
Silver-eared mesias build their cup-like nests from bamboo, intertwining it with dry leaves and roots. Such nests are usually located on the ground or in bushes at a height of up to two meters. The female usually lays two to five white eggs with brown specks, which she incubates in turn with the male.
Two weeks later, babies are born, and after another twelve days they begin their first timid attempts to take off. In the first month of the chicks' life, until they get stronger, the parents take all the care of their food.