SilvereyeScientific name: Zosterops lateralis

Meaning of name: Zosterops is from the Greek words zoster, meaning belt, and ops, meaning face. Lateralis is a Latin word meaning sided.

Aboriginal name: Boang (bore’ang).

Distribution: Widespread in much of west, south and eastern Australia.

Description: Up to 13cm long with a 17cm wingspan.

Notes: The furthest distance recorded by the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme for this species of bird to travel is 2,679 km. The bird travelled this distance in approxinately 6 weeks. The oldest bird recorded was still alive when its band was read in December 1999, 18 years 7.8 months after being banded (information as at 23 June 2012).

The photographs for this species were not taken in the reserves of interest to the FQPB.

References: What Bird is That? Neville W Cayley. 1978

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds. Various contributors.

Aboriginal names of bird species in south-west Western Australia, with suggestions for their adoption into common usage. Ian Abbott. 2009. Conservation Science Western Australia Journal. Volume 7 No 2

Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme