EPBC Status: Critically endangered
SPRAT Species Profile: Lichenostomus melanops cassidix — Helmeted Honeyeater
Found in: Victoria
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards:
Helmeted Honeyeater Year 3 scorecard 2018 (PDF - 438.27 KB)
Helmeted Honeyeater Year 3 scorecard 2018 (DOCX - 307.76 KB)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
The Helmeted Honeyeater is a small woodland bird from central southern Victoria. Its distribution and numbers contracted dramatically after historic land clearing and altered hydrological regimes, while subsequent agricultural development and increased fire frequency have caused ongoing habitat loss and degradation.
Almost the entire remaining population is now in the Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, where intensive and continuous recovery efforts since the late 1980s have increased total numbers from 70 to around 200 and rising.
Protection and enhancement of critical habitat at Yellingbo has been central to recovery efforts. Activities such as supplementary feeding, tree planting, nest protection and management of invasive species have been led by the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater volunteer group with support from the Victorian and Australian Governments. Additional recovery efforts include attempted establishment of additional wild populations outside Yellingbo and a captive breeding program led by Zoos Victoria.
- Threatened species strategy
- 20 birds by 2020
- 20 mammals by 2020
- 30 plants by 2020
- Three year review of progress on priority bird and mammal species
Please note that this scorecard is due for review in Year 5 of the Threatened Species Strategy (2020). If you would like to contribute information on this species please provide your contact details to ThreatenedSpeciesCommissioner@awe.gov.au
Photo credit: © Dean Ingwersen (BirdLife Australia)