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
Southern Corroboree Frog on nest

Zoos Victoria celebrates Threatened Species Day

Zoos Victoria celebrated Threatened Species Day yesterday announcing its most successful breeding season to date. 

8 September 2014
Helmeted Honeyeaters nest

Helmeted Honeyeaters hatch their first eggs for the season

Healesville Sanctuary is celebrating the hatching of its first Helmeted Honeyeater eggs of the season.

27 August 2014
Did you know?
  • Helmeted Honeyeaters can be identified by their distinctive yellow tufts on either side of their heads.