2020 Conservation Week

Date posted: 12-Aug-2020

Meet the Takahē on Tiritiri Matangi Island When: 1:30 pm, ..

AGM 2020

Date posted: 25-Jul-2020

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2020 due to Covid restrictions at t..

Ferry Resuming July 4th!

Date posted: 01-Jun-2020

Great News!!! We have confirmation Fuller360 ferry service to Tiritiri Matangi wi..

The 2020 Photo Competition Winners

Date posted: 22-May-2020

Here are the winning and commended photos from this year's competition. Congratulations to the photo..

Celebrate the Takahe Art Competition

Date posted: 08-Apr-2020

Hi Tiri Kids, It’s TakahÄ“ Awareness Month! Everyone loves our takah..

COVID-19 Important Information

Date posted: 25-Mar-2020

The government has announced that New Zealand is now at alert level 2 for COVID-19. Th..

2019 Winner Primary School Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Ethan Raymond

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Ethan has helped the Enviro-Warriors in many ways such as planning, gard..

2019 Winner Y8-Y13 NIWA Supporters of Tiritiri and Fullers 360 Science Award is Abby Haezelwood

Date posted: 11-Mar-2020

Abby Haezelwood with her winning Science Exhibit on Plastic Beaches at the NIWA Taihoro Nuk..

The Tiritiri Concert

Date posted: 11-Feb-2020

Folk on the Water The 2020 Tiritiri Matangi Conce..

2020 Photo competition now open

Date posted: 15-Jan-2020

This year's photo competition is now open for entries. Please click here (/m..

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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