Tauhou Silvereye Waxeye

Great Barrier Island

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Ecology Category: Fauna and Birds

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  • The silvereye – also known as the wax-eye, or sometimes white eye – is a small and friendly olive green forest bird with white rings around its eyes.

    The silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) was first recorded in New Zealand in 1832 and since there is no evidence that it was artificially introduced, it is classified as a native species.

    Its Māori name, tauhou, means ‘stranger’ or more literally ‘new arrival’.

    Slightly smaller than a sparrow, the silvereye is olive-green with a ring of white feathers around the eye.

    Males have slightly brighter plumage than females. They have a fine tapered bill and a brush tipped tongue like the tui and bellbird.

    Silvereyes mainly eat insects, fruit and nectar.

    Read More at the Department of Conservation

    Source: Department of Conservation and licensed by greatbarrierisland.nz for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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