The Regent Honeyeater has been badly affected by land-clearing, with the clearance of the most fertile stands of nectar-producing trees and the poor health of many remnants, as well as competition for nectar from other honeyeaters, being the major problems. The population of one of Australia’s most endangered species will be bolstered, with 20 conservation-bred regent honeyeaters released into the wild. Only a few hundred regent honeyeaters are left in the wild, with fears the species could become extinct, but a conservation program has just released 20 birds, boosting the species' numbers. Mick Roderick is all excited. The regent honeyeater was once abundant across southeastern Australia, but fewer than 400 remain in the wild, putting the bird more at risk of extinction than the giant panda or Sumatran rhino. The wild population of Regent Honeyeaters will swell by 20% this week when Taronga Zoo releases 77 of the critically endangered birds produced through its breeding program. Australian Journal of Zoology 46: 153-170. The largest release of conservation-bred regent honeyeaters has taken place in NSW as part of the Australia-wide recovery effort to save the birds.. To save the regent honeyeaters, Taronga Zoo raised 20 birds in specialised facilities, where they have been successfully breeding the species for 20 years. The Regent Honeyeater might be confused with the smaller (16 cm - 18 cm) black and white White-fronted Honeyeater, Phylidonyris albifrons, but should be readily distinguished by its warty, yellowish eye skin, its strongly scalloped, rather than streaked, patterning, especially on … Oliver, D.L. It is listed federally as an endangered species. The Regent Honeyeater has been in decline since the 1940s, and its soft, metallic chiming call is rarely heard. This region contains some of the birds’ most important habitats on both public and private land. The early signs - the very early signs, to be honest - are that the most recent attempts to increase numbers of the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater in … The few remaining honeyeaters live along the east coast of Australia. Oliver, D.L. Environment Minister Matt Kean said this was the largest release of conservation-bred regent honeyeaters ever undertaken in NSW as part of an Australia-wide recovery effort. (1998) The breeding behaviour of the endangered Regent Honeyeater Xanthomyza phrygia near Armidale, New South Wales. The birds have been released into the wild in the Lower Hunter NSW. “Regent Honeyeaters are one of Australia’s most critically endangered species, with only about 350 birds remaining. The yellow and black regent honeyeater has had a win this year after two of the captive-bred species were seen at Chiltern with three fledglings. They are no longer found in south-western Victoria, and are probably extinct in South Australia.