The tauhou arrived in New Zealand in the 1800s, probably from a flock blown here in 1856. Its Maori name means 'stranger'. Its scientific name is Zosterops lateralis. In NZ and Australia the common name is either the silvereye or waxeye.
The bird is a small passerine species. While it it an omnivore, it is also very fond of fruit. It is not regarded as being threatened.