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.

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

Class 
Aves
Order 
Passeriformes
Family 
Meliphagidae
Genus 
Lichenostomus
Species 
L. melanops
Subspecies 
L. m. cassidix
Status 
Critically Endangered
Found in 
Bunyip State Park and Yellingbo Nature reserve, Victoria

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