Silvereye, Tauhou

Zosterops lateralis
Bird Songs
Silvereye/tauhou song


New Zealand status: Native

Conservation status: Not Threatened

The silvereye/tauhou is one of New Zealand’s most abundant and widespread bird species.

Silvereyes/tauhou are small songbirds that are easily recognised by their bright white eye-ring. Their plumage is mainly olive-green above and cream below, with both male and female having similar looks. They produce a range of high-pitched and melodious calls including warbles and trills.

They are active birds that forage in parklands, woodlands, suburban gardens, forests and scrublands. 

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Adult silvereye/tauhou. Credit: Oscar Thomas.