Eye Ring

Silvereye in Tasmania (photo from Wikimedia Commons)

Here’s a very small bird with a very large eye ring.

Native to Australia and New Zealand, he’s a migratory bird called a silvereye (Zosterops lateralis).   He’s only the size of a kinglet.

This month in the southern hemisphere silvereyes are gathering in flocks because winter is coming.  They’ll fly north to warmer climates eating fruit along the way.

Here’s a video of them preening after a bath.

The eye ring is amazing…

(This photo by JJ Harrison was Picture of the Day on Wikimedia Commons 23 March 2009)

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