New reports on ruru nesting and Island conservation

Date posted: 02-Oct-2017

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2018 calendars now available

Date posted: 27-Sep-2017

Our latest calendar, beautifully illustrated with images taken on the Island, is now available fo..

Guided walks for photographers

Date posted: 21-Jun-2017

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Ferry discounts for Supporters

Date posted: 18-May-2017

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More kiwi for the Island

Date posted: 04-Apr-2017

In 1993 and 1995, sixteen little spotted kiwi were released on Tiritiri Matangi Island. The ma..

2017 Photo Competition

Date posted: 22-Mar-2017

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The 2017 concert

Date posted: 05-Feb-2017

This year's concert promises to be another wonderful and unique experience. Click here (/concert-..

Shorebird Film Festival at Devonport

Date posted: 26-Oct-2016

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Extra Dawn Chorus Trip

Date posted: 20-Oct-2016

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2016 AGM

Date posted: 06-Sep-2016

The 2016 AGM was held at the Kohia Centre at 7:30 pm on Monday 19th September. Click here (/..

Silvereye

Scientific name:

 Zosterops lateralis lateralis

Maori Name:

 Tauhou

 

 

Conservation status

 Native. Not threatened

Mainland status:

 Widespread and locally abundant 

Size:

 12cm, 13g

Lifespan:

 Oldest recorded in NZ 12 years

Breeding:

 September - February

Diet:

 Invertebrates, fruit, nectar

Silver-eye - photographer: Max McRaeThe silvereye, also known as wax-eye or white-eye, has a conspicuous white ring around the eye, giving the bird it's name. The head and upperparts are olive green with a grey band across the back which extends around the chest. The underparts are a peachy brown with white under the tail.

Silvereyes feed on a variety of foods, invertebrates, fruit, nectar, and will feed in flocks over winter in gardens and parks, from bird tables, eating fats, cooked meats and bread and sugar water. They have a specially adapted tongue, with bristles, which allows them to lap up nectar. They prefer the fruit of native trees but do feed on other fruiting species.

Silver Eye - Photographer: Max McRaeSilvereyes stay in pairs all year but in the winter they form big flocks, often flying at night in search of food. As the breeding season approaches the pairs break away to form individual territories and the first year birds pair up. Prolific breeders, they raise 2-3 broods per season, with between two and five eggs per brood.  Both adults incubate for about 11 days and the chicks fledge at about 10 days.  The young are independent at three weeks and will breed at about 9 months old.

Silvereyes are very talkative giving a plaintive 'cree' not unlike a horse's neigh. On Tiritiri Matangi they are fairly scarce during the breeding season but move around the Island in flocks during the winter.

Find out more about silvereyes at New Zealand Birds Online.







Photography by:  Max McRae ©

References: Heather, B.D.; Robertson, H.A. 2000 The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. Auckland, Viking
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