Waxeye/Silvereye (Tauhou)


The waxeye is one of the more abundant native birds in NZ, essentially found everywhere except open grasslands. They are most common in shrubland but do venture into urban areas for food.


Waxeyes are most easily identified from the white, cirular border around the eyes and the greenish/yellowish coloring around the head and breast.


Wikipedia, NZBirds.com, Wild About NZ, Vic Uni Electronic Text Collection


Waxeyes are among the smaller native birds and tend to flock in trees with other waxeyes. The maori name Tauhou means Little Stranger which isn't surprising considering they only arrived in NZ in large numbers in the mid 1800s either after following a ship or less likely after a storm blew a flock across from Australia. Despite this they are class as native birds with full protection.


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