Category: Introduced Birds
New Zealand, Australia, subtropical islands to Fiji. Introduced in 1937 in French Polynesia, it has spread around Tahiti, then seems to have colonized the Leeward Islands and the Tuamotu on Makatea. Also present on Raivavae (Austral).
Colonizes gardens and islands from the valleys to the peaks.
« pit-peee, pit-peee, peee ».
To listen the Silvereye:
Insects, nectar of flowers, some seeds and fruits.
Studied outside French Polynesia. The nest is rather small (6.5 cm in diameter), made of herbs and sometimes incorporating hair or bristles and constructed from 1 to 5 m above the ground. Reproduces from January to February. The female lays 2 to 4 pale blue or blue-green eggs (17 x 13 mm). Incubation lasts 10-13 days. The young leaves the nest after 12 days of rearing. Its life expectancy can reach 10 years or more!
Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.
Scientific Name: Zosterops lateralis (Latham, 1802)
Vini (Tahiti, Rurutu)
Introduced in Polynesia, it consumes also seeds of invasive plants such as Miconia calvescens which would help the propagation of the latter.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.