Healesville Sanctuary

Helmeted Honeyeater

The Helmeted Honeyeater, Lichenostomus melanops cassidix, is Critically Endangered.  There are currently three small semi-wild populations established in remnant streamside swamp forest to the east of Melbourne.

Zoos Victoria has been involved in the captive breeding of Helmeted Honeyeaters since the Recovery Program began in 1989.  This commitment continues today.

The Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program focuses on increasing the number of Helmeted Honeyeaters in the wild and reducing potential threats, with the aim of establishing a stable wild population with at least ten distinct but inter-connected colonies.

Zoos Victoria's key roles in the recovery of the Helmeted Honeyeater are to: 

  • Supplement wild populations through captive breeding for reintroduction
  • Maintain an insurance population in captivity

Zoos Victoria staff are also involved in the translocation and reintroduction of captive-bred birds to the wild and monitoring their survival after release.

Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. This map may not be accurate to the latest information.

 

Plans and publications

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Download a comprehensive overview of what Zoos Victoria is doing to save the Helmeted Honeyeater (432 KB)

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DSE (2003) Action Statement - Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix).  Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne, Victoria (261 KB)

Menkhorst (2008) National Recovery Plan for the Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix).  Department of Sustainability and Environment

DSEWPC (2010). Lichenostomus melanops cassidix in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra

Meet the animals

Helmeted Honeyeater

Head-strong Hero for the Extinction Fighters

Found: streamside in Victorian swamp forests

Her golden helmet provides a barrier when battling the threats of extinction. Our HeHo likes to crash headfirst into trouble.

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Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

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News
Meet the Helmeted Honeyeater

Zoos Victoria's Hall of Fame 2015

The volunteers and organisations who help make Zoos Victoria great  have been recognised at Zoos Victoria's Hall of Fame dinner  held at Melbourne Zoo on Friday 5 June.

17 June 2015
2014-19 Wildlife Conservation Master Plan

Fighting back against wildlife extinction

Australia is in the midst of a wildlife extinction epidemic.
But there is hope thanks to Zoos Victoria's Wildlife Conservation Master Plan launched at Melbourne Zoo today.

24 March 2015
Did you know?
  • Helmeted Honeyeaters can be identified by their distinctive yellow tufts on either side of their heads.