One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australasian songbird of the white-eye family, with mainly greenish plumage and a white ring round the eye.
Genus Zosterops, family Zosteropidae: two or three species
- ‘In the Margaret River region of Western Australia, for example, silvereye birds do more damage to vineyards when nectar from local eucalyptus trees and saltbush berries are limited.’
- ‘Bellbird, yellow-breasted tit, fantail, grey warbler and silvereye were common in all the forests and weka and robins were found in some areas.’
- ‘There are still many native birds in the shrubland including bellbirds, kingfishers, silvereye and the hawk or kahu.’
- ‘The vegetation is varied and the birdlife is abundant - native pigeon, fantail, silvereye, kingfisher, grey warbler to name just a few.’
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