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Zosterops lateralis


One of Australia's smallest birds, Silvereyes are grey and olive-yellow and have a bright white eye ring.


Our backyard - an irregular visitor. There are several races across much of eastern and southern Australia occupying a diverse range of habitats.


There was a flock of these in our yard but I'm not sure how many there were as they are so small and fast. Possibly around five. I was very lucky that this one landed right in front of me! There are numerous races of Silvereye in Australia - I think this one is probably Zosterops lateralis cornwalli. It could also be chlorocephalus (Capricorn White-Eye); however, apparently the Capricorn is considerably larger than the other races, and these specimens were tiny!

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marirs 6 years ago

very beautiful

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Nice shot, Shanna. I see these little guys on occasion, but would need the Hubble telescope to get a decent shot. How lucky you were to get a close-up opportunity. Kinda envious in a way ;-)

ShannaB 6 years ago

Thanks Argy. It was luck more than anything!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Well done. They don't stand still much.

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Maroochydore, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 3, 2015
Submitted on Jan 3, 2015

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