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Silvereye? Growing up, we used to refer to them as ‘wax eyes’ and IIRC they were good hunters – especially when it came to catching cicadas. But the wax eye wasn’t always popular around our place because they had a liking for our apple trees!
very good dude, sometimes the light in NZ is low, this photo has penetrating focus , photographer focus on likely position of eye on bird ,and you have to be good to have the camera ready f 2.8 , look for best speed.
Chthoniid, thank you or this nice picture that brightens a cold southern morning.
Like Elaycee, I and others around here have always called this delightful bird a waxeye. They are quite seasonal in southern towns, I suppose because the snow and cold is driving them down from the mountains.
Do you know what the waxeye’s Latin name is please, Chtoniid?
@Longknives – they quickly acquired a Maori name when they arrived in NZ in mid-1800s. Tauhou means stranger. A lot of NZ native birds are naturalised immigrants from Australia. This species arrived by natural dispersion long enough ago to be regarded as native.
They’re also very passionate about kiwifruit that’s got too ripe for us to eat 🙂
Zosterops lateralis is the scientific. I’ve seen members of the genus up in China also, and they still have that characteristic ring around the eye. They’re oddly assertive for a bird their size. It adds to their charm.