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Silvereye

SILVEREYE
Zostérops à dos gris - Photo Fany Seguin

Zostérops à dos gris – Photo Fany Seguin


ASPECT ET IDENTIFICATION
4-5 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. The head and base of the tail and wings are olive green. Flight feathers are black piped with olive-green and white. A white ring around the eye. The back is grey from the head and shades towards green. The underside of the body is white, it pulls on to brown-green or pink on the belly.

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Zosteropidae

Category: Introduced Birds


LOCATION

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).


CHARACTERISTICS

Colonizes gardens and islands from the valleys to the peaks.

« pit-peee, pit-peee, peee ».

To listen the Silvereye:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Zosterops-lateralis

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.

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/442537
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=BBD9ADE1089B8A45
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/zosterops.a.dos.gris.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/silvereye-zosterops-lateralis
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/silvereye-zosterops-lateralis
https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22714212/111781721

NAMES

Scientific Name: Zosterops lateralis (Latham, 1802)

Polynesian Names:
Vini (Tahiti, Rurutu)

LOCATION
  • Society
  • Tuamotu
  • Austral
  • Subtropical islands up to Fiji
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

STATUS AND PROTECTION

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.