• Scientific Name:Zosterops lateralis (Latham, 1802)
  • Polynesian Names:Vini (Tahiti, Rurutu)
  • Order : Passeriformes
  • Family : Zosteropidae
  • Category : Introduced Birds
  • Distribution : Society, Tuamotu, Austral, Subtropical islands up to Fiji, Australia, New Zealand

Apearance and identification

4-5 inches. Male and female identical in appearance. The head and base of the tail and wings are olive green. Flight feathers are black piped with olive-green and white. A white ring around the eye. The back is grey from the head and shades towards green. The underside of the body is white, it pulls on to brown-green or pink on the belly.

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Caractéristiques

New Zealand, Australia, subtropical islands to Fiji. Introduced in 1937 in French Polynesia, it has spread around Tahiti, then seems to have colonized the Leeward Islands and the Tuamotu on Makatea. Also present on Raivavae (Austral).

Studied outside French Polynesia. The nest is rather small (6.5 cm in diameter), made of herbs and sometimes incorporating hair or bristles and constructed from 1 to 5 m above the ground. Reproduces from January to February. The female lays 2 to 4 pale blue or blue-green eggs (17 x 13 mm). Incubation lasts 10-13 days. The young leaves the nest after 12 days of rearing. Its life expectancy can reach 10 years or more!

Colonizes gardens and islands from the valleys to the peaks.

« pit-peee, pit-peee, peee ».

Insects, nectar of flowers, some seeds and fruits.

Location

New Zealand, Australia, subtropical islands to Fiji. Introduced in 1937 in French Polynesia, it has spread around Tahiti, then seems to have colonized the Leeward Islands and the Tuamotu on Makatea. Also present on Raivavae (Austral).

Breeding

Studied outside French Polynesia. The nest is rather small (6.5 cm in diameter), made of herbs and sometimes incorporating hair or bristles and constructed from 1 to 5 m above the ground. Reproduces from January to February. The female lays 2 to 4 pale blue or blue-green eggs (17 x 13 mm). Incubation lasts 10-13 days. The young leaves the nest after 12 days of rearing. Its life expectancy can reach 10 years or more!

Habitat

Colonizes gardens and islands from the valleys to the peaks.

Sound

« pit-peee, pit-peee, peee ».

Food

Insects, nectar of flowers, some seeds and fruits.

Status and protection

Introduced in Polynesia, it consumes also seeds of invasive plants such as Miconia calvescens which would help the propagation of the latter.

The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.