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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

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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Helmeted Honeyeaters released to the wild

Five Helmeted Honeyeaters were released on Thursday at Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve in an effort to save the species from extinction.

6 September 2018
Helmeted Honeyeater at Yellingbo

Helmeted Honeyeaters released to the wild!

Victoria’s bird emblem the Helmeted Honeyeater is continuing to make a comeback at Yellingbo and its population was just added to after the release of four captive bred birds on Thursday.

14 September 2017
  • Helmeted Honeyeaters can be identified by their distinctive yellow tufts on either side of their heads.