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Greg
14-07-2012, 01:49 PM
I need help to get at least the common name for the bird in the attached image. A pair of them hang around our lawn (especially when I'm feeding the sparrows).

The image ain't great, mainly because my camera's 4x optical zoom is inadequate, but you'll get the idea. It's about the size of a finch; the colour is kinda khaki/olive green on his back, and light brown underneath.

The distinguishing feature is the almost complete yellow colour around the eyes. I sorta thought it was called a yellow eye, but according to this website (http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/gallery.html) there's no such bird.

Any ideas please?

Speedy Gonzales
14-07-2012, 01:54 PM
Might be a rifleman?

Terry Porritt
14-07-2012, 01:56 PM
It is a Silver Eye aka Wax Eye
.....Maori name Tauhou

Lawrence
14-07-2012, 01:56 PM
Commonly known as Waxeye or Silvereye

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silvereye

Agent_24
14-07-2012, 01:58 PM
I would say it's a Waxeye, those guys call them Silvereye.

http://www.nzbirds.com/birds/tauhou.html

Trev
14-07-2012, 02:06 PM
Yep it's a Waxeye.
:)

Nick G
14-07-2012, 02:22 PM
Silvereye

Greg
14-07-2012, 02:34 PM
You guys are awesome! It's been a titgetter (aka something that gets on my tits 'cos it's been bugging me for ages).

Thanks tons!

Greg
14-07-2012, 02:51 PM
You guys are awesome! It's been a titgetter (aka something that gets on my tits 'cos it's been bugging me for ages).

Thanks tons!

Greg
14-07-2012, 02:53 PM
Hmm. After a second look at Wikipedia's page it seems that it's not what we thought. The circular colour around the bird's eyes is definitly yellow - not white nor silverish at all. Have I encountered a new sub-species?

lakewoodlady
14-07-2012, 02:54 PM
Yeah, it looks like a Silvereye, unusual to see one on the grass though, normally the ones we get here are flapping about in the bushes. Pretty little bird.

LL

Terry Porritt
14-07-2012, 05:36 PM
Hmm. After a second look at Wikipedia's page it seems that it's not what we thought. The circular colour around the bird's eyes is definitly yellow - not white nor silverish at all. Have I encountered a new sub-species?

Maybe, there are several possibilities, a Silvereye could have mated with a Yellow Eyed Penguin...or...what was that yellow thing to the north of kathmandu ?....or it could be a Canary with circles under its eyes as described by Al Bowlly...
https://www.box.com/s/77dd953f95926ce039c2

Greg
14-07-2012, 05:40 PM
Maybe, there are several possibilities, a Silvereye could have mated with a Yellow Eyed Penguin...or...what was that yellow thing to the north of kathmandu ?....or it could be a Canary with circles under its eyes as described by Al Bowlly...
https://www.box.com/s/77dd953f95926ce039c2

Haha! :lol:

Lawrence
14-07-2012, 06:49 PM
Caught this having a meal in my Granny Smith tree couple of years ago,thought a few chomps and the apple would be gone but just made a hole in a few of them over a few weeks

Less destructive than those bloody Rosella's3996

Just to add,it's a North Island Kaka

Bobh
14-07-2012, 07:57 PM
Caught this having a meal in my Granny Smith tree couple of years ago,thought a few chomps and the apple would be gone but just made a hole in a few of them over a few weeks

Less destructive than those bloody Rosella's3996

Just to add,it's a North Island Kaka
When I first looked at the photo of the Kaka I thought it was a kea. From my experience with keas on Arthur's Pass they will chew the rubber around your car windows or windscreen wipers if you are not careful. I doubt if they have apple trees on Arthur's pass.

Ofthesea
14-07-2012, 10:37 PM
Still looks like a wax eye but not a great photo. They like fruit, cut a kiwifruit and watch them go. There is usually more than two, it seems a bit odd in fact to just see two

Bryan
15-07-2012, 08:26 AM
Google "waxeye bird". There are photos and that's your bird!

ooh yeh
15-07-2012, 03:41 PM
The wax eye loves to eat lard & millet mixed & strung up in a tree.
I feed them as they are real good at eating the aphids and other sucking insects in my garden.
You will find they are in family groups and will bring the young to feed on the lard mix.