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Silver Gull

  • Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae
  • Terns & Gulls

About the Silvereye

Also known as: White-eye, Wax-eye, Tauhou

The Silvereye is a small species of songbird native to Australia, New Zealand, and other islands in the south Pacific. It is also known as the Wax-eye or the White-eye.

There are 16 sub-species of Silvereye with several degrees of plumage variations. Most birds are overall a drab olive-brown color. And they all have a bright and conspicuous white eye-ring.

Silvereyes eat a wide variety of food items, including berries and fruit as well as insects and suet. They will also visit feeding stations.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 04 December 2012
Scientific Name Zosterops lateralis
  • Passeriformes
  • Zosteropidae
  • Zosterops
  • Z. lateralis
Birdorable Family Warblers & Whatnots
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 January 2015)
Units: Imperial Metric
4.3 to 5.1 inches
.35 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand Oceania

International Names

  • 灰胸绣眼鸟 (Chinese)
  • kruhoočko australopacifické (Czech)
  • Grårygget Brillefugl (Danish)
  • Australische Brilvogel (Dutch)
  • hopearilli (Finnish)
  • Zostérops à dos gris (French)
  • Graumantel-Brillenvogel (German)
  • Occhialino dorsogrigio (Italian)
  • ハイムネメジロ [haimunemejiro] (Japanese)
  • Gråbrystbrillefugl (Norwegian)
  • szlarnik rdzawoboczny (Polish)
  • Серебряная белоглазка (Russian)
  • Ojiblanco de Lomo Gris (Spanish)
  • Gråryggad glasögonfågel (Swedish)