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.

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Details & Statistics

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

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 灰胸绣眼鸟
Czech (Cesky) kruhoočko australopacifické
Danish (Dansk) Grårygget Brillefugl
Dutch (Nederlands) Australische Brilvogel
Finnish (Suomi) hopearilli
French (Français) Zostérops à dos gris
German (Deutsch) Graumantel-Brillenvogel
Italian (Italiano) Occhialino dorsogrigio
Japanese (日本語) ハイムネメジロ [haimunemejiro]
Norwegian (Norsk) Gråbrystbrillefugl
Polish (Polski) szlarnik rdzawoboczny
Russian (русский язык) Серебряная белоглазка
Spanish (Español) Ojiblanco de Lomo Gris
Swedish (Svenska) Gråryggad glasögonfågel
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