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|Tauhou (Silvereye), is a small olive–green forest bird with white rings around the eyes. They have a fine tapered bill and a brush tipped tongue like the Tui and Korimako, the bellbird, for drinking nectar. There are many species in Africa, southern Asia, and the south western Pacific, but it is the Tasmanian sub–Australian species which migrates to the eastern states of the Australian mainland in winter which colonised New Zealand.|
Silvereyes were recorded in New Zealand as early as 1832 but it was not until 1856 that they arrived in very large numbers. It is assumed that a storm caught a migrating flock and diverted them here. The Maori name means “stranger”. Because the silver–eye colonised New Zealand naturally, it is classified as a native species and is therefore protected.
It is now one of the most abundant of New Zealand birds and will be found everywhere excepting open grassland habitats. They were at first welcomed by the early settlers and were called the “blight bird” as they soon set to work in gardens and orchards and cleared out the aphides and scale insects including the very obnoxious woolly aphids that infested apple trees, but they soon outstayed their welcome when it was discovered the damage they could do to fruit crops.
The birds are strongly territorial and are often seen fluttering their wings aggressively at another bird. The flocking call, often heard in flight, is an excited chirping, while single birds often give a plaintive ‘cree’ call.
The above obtained from www.nzbirds.com
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- [2012-06-24 1:46]
Hi Pam,magnificent capture and a spectacular eye detail in this difficult light,i like the soft background and the beautiful colors! Very well done,have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
- [2012-06-24 2:11]
The colours in this photo are all gorgeous. They are matching very fine. The Silvereye is photographed in superb sharpness and details. The eye is the eye-catcher.
Looks quite like our Oriental White Eye, Pam.
Superb capture with amazing focus on the very unique eye of this bird.
Hello again Pam!
Wonderful bird and excellent capture taken from a great POV,beautiful colours and fantastic details.Congrats!
Have a good week!
Pam, this is a great shot of this very colorful bird. Great sharpness and bokeh.