Silver-eye (species: Zosterops lateralis) in Yarrahapinni Wetlands NP (Gaia Guide)
Zosterops lateralis

©magdalena_b on Flickr: Capricorn Silvereye¬†(Zosterops lateralis chlorecephalus) subspecies¬†found on Australia's Great Barrier Reef

©Brenda Anderson: Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis)

©Leo: Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Zosteropidae
Genus Zosterops
Species Zosterops lateralis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a conspicuous ring of white feathers around its eye. There are a number of plumage variations depending on the sub-species. Generally it has olive-green wings and either a grey or olive-green back, a lighter coloured throat - yellow or grey, flanks that range from chestnut to pale buff, and an undertail that may be white or yellow. Within Australia there are seasonal migrations and the ranges of the sub-species overlap. The other islands within its range tend to host only a single sub-species each so only one plumage variant is seen. (Wikipedia)


  • From 11 cm to 13 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is native to Australia, New Zealand and the south-west Pacific islands of Lord Howe, New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji.

It is common to abundant throughout the relatively fertile south-west and south-east parts of Australia (including Tasmania and the Bass Strait islands), and through the well-watered coastal zone of tropical Queensland, including Cape York Peninsula.

It is liable to be found in any vegetated area, apart from open grasslands, within its distribution range, including forest, scrub, horticultural blocks and urban gardens. (Wikipedia)

Local abundance

  • Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand: abundant

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NSW, Australia

© Marc Anderson


They are omnivorous with a diet that includes insects, berries, fruit and nectar. (Wikipedia)

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