Hihi volunteer needed

Date posted: 18-Oct-2018

Would you like to volunteer with the Island's hihi team and learn from them how ..

2019 Calendars now available

Date posted: 05-Sep-2018

The new 2019 calendars are now available and this year's is better than ever! Th..

Winners of kokako photo competition

Date posted: 02-Sep-2018

The stunning winning photographs from those submitted to the competition as part..

Kokako Celebration

Date posted: 21-Jul-2018

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Kokako Photographic Competition

Date posted: 20-Jul-2018

KĊŒKAKO PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION Celebrating 21 years on Tiritiri Matangi To ce..

New monitoring reports published

Date posted: 19-Jul-2018

Reports on monitoring studies carried out over the past year have now been poste..

2018 Concert coming up soon

Date posted: 15-Feb-2018

Our 2018 concert will feature an afternoon of light classics and jazz courtesy of the Auckland Ph..

Wetapunga talk coming soon

Date posted: 05-Feb-2018

For the Social on 19 March the speaker will be Ben Goodwin of Auckland Zoo, who will talk about t..

Rat caught and now takahe released from pens

Date posted: 28-Jan-2018

Thankfully DOC staff Andre de Graaf and Polly Hall and their assistants have trapped the rat whic..

Your Christmas Shopping for a Song

Date posted: 04-Dec-2017

Aka - The Grand Christmas Shopping Expedition to Tiritiri Matangi Island Shop Dreading..

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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