News - 09 May 2019

Regent Honeyeater (NSW)

Photo: P. Marsack

Anthochaera phrygia

Conservation status: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (EPBC Act)

Uplisted since RFAs commenced? YES; in 2015

EPBC Act recovery plan? YES

  • Number 7 on the list of 20 Australian bird species most likely to become extinct in the next 20 years (National Threatened Species Recovery Hub, 2018)
  • “As at 2010, the total population size is estimated at 350–400 mature individuals… which represents a significant decline over the last 15-20 years.”


The Regent Honeyeater is a priority species under the Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy and the recovery plan for the Regent Honeyeater identifies that all breeding and foraging habitat as critical to its survival. Despite this, its habitat continues to be lost, degraded and fragmented by logging and other disturbances.

The decline of the Regent Honeyeater is thought to be mainly due to the clearing, fragmentation and degradation of its habitat (Garnett et al., 2011). The species relies on a range of different food resources, and is particularly vulnerable to the removal of large mature trees which are important feeding and breeding habitat (Franklin et al., 1989; Oliver, 2000). Woodlands have been widely cleared for agriculture and development, or replaced by silviculture [i.e. logging], resulting in a fragmented landscape. Fragmentation exposes woodlands to increased degradation. Many remnant areas are in poor health and are continuing to be degraded by the removal of trees for timber and firewood, invasive weeds, inappropriate fire regimes, and grazing by livestock and rabbits which prevent regeneration.”
Source: Australian Government Department of Environment 

Map 1: Sample of planned logging areas 2019-2020 that are likely to impact this species (NSW)

Map 2: Distribution of Regent Honeyeater with critical breeding areas in green and blue shading

See full NSW planned logging maps

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