A flock of critically endangered Regent Honeyeater birds will take flight this Easter with plans to release more than 90 of the captive bred birds into the wild.
Taronga Zoos successful Regent Honeyeater breeding programme has resulted in a bumper season this year producing more than 90 birds for release as part of the 2017 Regent Honeyeater Captive Release and Community Monitoring Project.
Under our Threatened Species Strategy, the Coalition Government is directly investing more than $8 million in projects that support the Regent Honeyeater and its habitat and I am proud that our Threatened Species Commissioner will be there with local community members and zoo staff to celebrate this significant event.
Along with the release of the captive bred birds, monitoring is an important action in the Regent Honeyeater National Recovery Plan.
These include the regent honeyeater
and the swift parrot, a migratory species whose habitat in both Tasmania and the mainland is affected.
To lose the mellifluous fluting of the regent honeyeater would be tragic, and to deny future generations the bedazzling sight of flocking finches and firetails would be unforgivable.
Poplar box, gidgee, brigalow, melaleuca and other woodland ecosystems are fast disappearing, taking with them mahogany gliders, squatter pigeons, bilby snakes, regent honeyeaters and many other dependent species.
Few tree hollows remain and this, combined with declining nectar availability, is rapidly pushing species such as barking owls, tuans, regent honeyeaters and swift parrots towards extinction.
Gang-gang Cockatoos were coming in to feed on our crab-apple berries and the now rare Regent Honeyeaters
were nesting in the trees there.
Roadside Plantings, Regent Honeyeaters
Project Incorporated, Benalia, Victoria, Australia
Just last Christmas we had the privilege of a visit and successful nesting of a pair of Regent Honeyeaters
on our property near Melbourne.