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The Regent Honeyeater is listed as critically endangered. Threats to this bird are loss of habitat, over-grazing, competition by larger aggressive honeyeaters, small population size as well as nest and egg predation. A variety of work is being done to help this species including maintaining and enhancing a captive population. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is contributing to this by highlighting and educating guests about the plight of this critically endangered bird.
Several ZAA institutions are involved in the ex-situ breeding of this species to provide Regent Honeyeaters for release to support the persistence of this species in the wild. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been successful in breeding this species, having produced several chicks with our pair. Following this success, we are aiming to expand the program here to accommodate more breeding pairs of the Regent Honeyeater so that we can increase our contribution to this program.
The Regent Honeyeater was once known as the Warty-faced Honeyeater.
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This species has suffered huge population declines due to the loss, fragmentation and degradation of their woodland habitat.