Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
Scientific Name: Zosterops lateralis
Common Names: Silvereye, white–eye, wax–eye, silver-eye, blight bird, tauhou. pihipihi
The Silvereye or Wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a very small omnivorous passerine bird of the south-west pacific. In Australia and New Zealand.
In New Zealand, the Zosterops lateralis was first recorded in 1832. It arrived in greater numbers in 1856, and it is assumed that a migrating flock was swept eastwards by a storm. As an apparently self-introduced bird it is protected as a native New Zealand species. Its Māori name, Tauhou, means "stranger" or more literally, "new arrival".
Zosterops lateralis is a small green native bird (12 cm, 13 g.) with conspicuous white eye-ring. Head and upperparts olive green with grey back and wash on lower neck and onto breast; underparts creamy white with pinkish-brown flanks and white undertail. Sexes alike. Juvenile lacks eye-ring. Usually in small flocks, except when breeding. Readily attracted to bird tables in cold winters. Flight call from flocks an excited 'cli-cli-cli'; single birds give a plaintive 'creel. Song a melodious mix of warbles, trills and slurs. Habitat: Forests, scrub, orchards, parks and gardens. Breeding: Sep-Mar.
Zosterops lateralis lay 3-4 eggs, pale blue, in a small nest of mosses and spiderwebs, which they build in shrubs and trees.
Early Maori use to preserve and eat them
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