Silvereyes, which made their own way to New Zealand from Australia about 150 years ago, are the most common native bird in New Zealand’s gardens. This species was also voted the third favourite garden bird by NZ Garden Bird Survey participants.
Scientific name: Zosterops lateralis
Other names: blight-bird, karu-patene, pihipihi, potirikai, tauhou, waxeye, whiorangi, white-eye,
New Zealand Status: Native (Self-introduced)
Conservation Status: Not threatened
Where they feed: Ground, shrubs, trees and in the air.
What they eat: Invertebrates, fruit and nectar