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The Regent Honeyeater is a medium sized Honeyeater with striking yellow markings. The Regent Honeyeater is regarded as a ‘flagship’ species of the threatened woodlands of Victoria and NSW, in particular the Box-Ironbark woodlands. This species is highly nomadic, and populations have suffered huge declines due to the loss, fragmentation and degradation of their woodland habitat.
The Regent Honeyeater Recovery plan is coordinated by Birdlife Australia with input from DoEE, NSW DPIE, VIC DELWP, QLD DES, SA DEWNR and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Conservation efforts for this species in the wild are primarily focused on habitat protection and regeneration. Since 2008 there have been over 300 captive bred Regent Honeyeaters released to the wild to help supplement wild populations.
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Several ZAA institutions are involved in the ex-situ (captive) breeding of this species to provide Regent Honeyeaters for release to support the persistence of this species in the wild. CWS has been successful in breeding this species, having produced several chicks with our pair.