I love these iconic little birds with their burglar stare…

Fairly recent arrivals, but self-introduced, this wee bird was first recorded in New Zealand in 1832, and its Maori name, tauhou, means ‘stranger’ or ‘new arrival’.  It is also known by wax-eye, silver-eye and white-eye, but its scientific name is the much more prosaic Zosterops lateralis.

small strangers
gate-crashing the ball

8 thoughts on “BURGLARS

  1. Beautiful photos of the silvereyes ! I saw two sitting on the fence right by my back door yesterday, but my camera was shut in a drawer, and they were gone when I returned to the back door.

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