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Tauhou*, Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
Photo By Gill Russell, BOI,NZ
 


Tauhou*, Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

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Also known as White-eye or Wax-eye, this Silvereye feeding on bottlebrush.

At about 12cm the Silvereye is just a little larger than the European Wren.
It is native to Australia but can also be found in New Zealand, Tasmania & The Bass Straight Islands

Breeding in spring and early summer they produce a clutch of 2-4 pale blue eggs.
The nest is a tiny suspended grass cup usually lined with thistledown and spiders web.
Silvereyes are omnivorous but seem especially particular fond of fruit.

*Maori name , meaning "stranger".


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