The Silvereye is a small passerine bird native to Australia, and also found in
New Zealand. The bird is familiar and found in the southwest, south and east of
Australia, that includes Tasmania, and the Bass Strait islands, as well as
tropical coastal zones of Queensland, all the way up to Cape York Peninsula.
The habitats include eucalypt woodland, forest, coastal heath, mallee,
mangroves, farmland orchards, vineyards and gardens.
Silvereye appear to be omnivorous but are fond of fruit, and are regarded as a
pest by fruit-growers and some home gardeners.
Growing to a size of between 10 to 13 cm, the Silvereye has variable plumage,
with all races have the distinctive white eye-ring, encircled with a thin black
outer ring. Most have the yellowish throat (sometimes very pale in colour), and
all have the blackish tinges to the wings with green to golden-green fringes.