Birdwatch | Our tiny silvereyes

Silvereyes are a small bird, 13 centimetres long and weighing only 10 grams. They are sometimes called White-eyes due to a conspicuous ring of white feathers around the eye.

They have a grey back and olive-green head and wings, whitish under tail and chestnut flanks.

These tiny birds are more common in South East Australia and their range extends from Cape York Peninsular in Queensland through the south and south west coastal plains to Western Australia and also in Tasmania.

They are adaptable and spread to new habitats, including to New Zealand where Silvereyes were first recorded in 1832. There are several races of Silvereyes in Australia but only the Tasmanian race migrates.

Read the full story on the Maitland Mercury website.

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