Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Zosteropidae
Genus: Zosterops
Species: Z. lateralis
Binomial name
Zosterops lateralis

The Silvereye (also known as Wax-eye, or zosterops lateralis) is a small bird, 12cm, that lives throughout Australia, SW Pacific and New Zealand. The Silvereye is a passerine.

Breeding & BehaviourEdit

The Silvereye breeds from September to December, making a nest out of spider webs, fine grass, rootlets as well as other items, which is suspended from a tree or shrub.

It lays 2 to 4 eggs, which are pale blue in colour. Two of these are raised. After the babies have fledged, they join other birds in a migration.


The Silvereye eats insects, seeds, nectar and fruit.


The Tasmanian race (Race lateralis) migrates in autumn across the Bass Strait, into Victoria, South Australia (around Adelaide), New South Wales, and even as far up as SE QLD. They mainly travel at night, as during the day they are feeding.


The Simpson & Day Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Sixth Edition.

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