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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

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.

Meet all priority native threatened species

Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

See all of our 21 priority threatened native species.

CH21

Happy 21st Birthday Charles Henry

Charles Henry, the Helmeted Honeyeater turns 21 today at Healesville Sanctuary. Keepers made Charles Henry a ‘cake’ featuring his favourite flowers to celebrate this incredible milestone. The team at Healesville Sanctuary are proud of providing Charles Henry’s with the very best of care and his continued good health is a testament to this work.

5 December 2018
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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 Honeyeaters can be identified by their distinctive yellow tufts on either side of their heads.