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Eastern Bristlebird Conservation

There are now only four populations in the Southern Queensland/Northern New South Wales area with an estimated population of 35 birds. This is compared to just 15 years ago when 14 populations and 154 birds were recorded. For this reason the Eastern Bristlebird is now listed as endangered.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary became involved with the captive breeding program of this species in 2013 in collaboration with New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage. Three specially designed breeding enclosures were built and five birds were transferred to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

With the addition of some wild individuals and successful breeding seasons, we have been able to increase this captive population to 15 birds. The aim is to breed an appropriate number of this species for ultimate release back to the wild.


The Eastern Bristlebird is rarely seen but may be detected by its distinctive, loud calls


Additional Facts

Eastern Bristlebirds construct nests or domes amongst dense vegetation. They rarely fly or perch higher than 1 metre off the ground.