SILVEREYE FEEDING ON FEIJOA FLOWERS

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“Between December 2012 and January 2013, I had the opportunity to witness a pair of Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis), Maori name: Tauhou) paying regular visits to Feijoa flowers (Acca sellowiana, family Myrtaceae) in Christchurch, South Island New Zealand (above).

“Most mornings, the Silvereyes would flit around from flower to flower, inserting their sharp beaks at the base for nectar. In addition, they would also progressively peck away at the thick and fleshy pink petals for food (below).

“This aroused my curiosity, so I plucked a petal and placed it in my mouth. It had a light, spongy texture with a hint of candy floss. I was actually tempted to consume more petals, but decided not to compete with the Silvereyes for their limited food source.”

Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
17th February 2013

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  1. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Thank you I wondered what the Silvereye were all doing in my young Feijoa Tree. Usually don’t see so many so close to the house. We appear to have 10 or so birds flitting in the shrub.

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