Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterops
Species: lateralis

Members' Notes:


On Dec 14, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Silvereyes were first noticed in New Zealand in the early 1800's , and large numbers arrived about twenty years later due to an influx from Australia. Although a non-stop crossing of the Tasman Sea (a journey of at least 1500 km) is a remarkable feat for such a small bird, it is possible with the assistance of westerly gales, and perhaps resting on passing ships coming in. They live almost everywhere if there are a few trees or bushes. They are common in orchards, gardens, scrub, native forest and mangrove swamps. Once established, pairs sometimes stay together from one year to another, roosting closeby and preening each other. In early October both sexes build a very delicate cup-shaped nest with an inside diameter of about five centimetres and two metres from the ground. The nest is usua... read more