EPBC Status: Critically endangered
SPRAT Species Profile: Anthochaera phrygia — Regent Honeyeater
Found in: Queensland, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Victoria
Threatened Species Strategy Scorecards:
Regent Honeyeater Year 3 scorecard 2018 (PDF - 450.51 KB)
Regent Honeyeater Year 3 scorecard 2018 (DOCX - 329.83 KB)
Year 3 Scorecard Summary (2018)
The Regent Honeyeater is a striking black and yellow bird endemic to eucalypt woodlands of mainland south-east Australia. Once abundant and ranging from Adelaide to south-east Queensland, much of its habitat was cleared for agriculture and the species now moves between widely spaced patches of remnant habitat and its population has declined severely.
Recovery actions include habitat protection, restoration and revegetation at key habitat sites and the release of captive bred birds, combined with volunteer surveys and the use of cutting edge science such as satellite tracking. The reasons for ongoing decline over recent years are poorly understood and are the subject of ongoing research. Therefore, while the rate of population change appears to have improved, uncertainty remains about the population trajectory for Regent Honeyeaters in the future.
- 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)