Silvereye (Lord Howe Is. subsp.) - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Zosterops lateralis tephropleurus
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 25 Jan 2019


This small, yellow-brown bird is named for the white ring of feathers around its eye. It is the smallest landbird on Lord Howe Island. It is a more robust bird than the mainland Silvereye, having a heavier build, larger feet and claws and a longer bill.


Found only on Lord Howe Island where it ranges from sea level to the mountains.

Habitat and ecology

  • Widely distributed in the forests of the main island. It is often seen feeding around island homes throughout the settlement area.
  • They glean leaves and flowers for insects, visit flowers for nectar, and eat small seeds and fruits, including the exotic Cherry Guava.
  • The nest is a small cup shape made of palm fibre, grass and spider webs.
  • 2-4 small eggs are laid in spring and summer.
  • The population is estimated to be between 100-1000 pairs.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
OceanSouth Pacific Ocean Known None
Pacific Subtropical IslandsLord Howe Island Known None