regent honeyeater (bird)


Specimen with wings outstretched.

The regent honeyeater is now one of the rarest of all honeyeaters. It has a patchy distribution from South East Queensland to North East Victoria. It is now extinct in South Australia. It lives in dry, sclerophyll, Eucalyptus forests on inland hill slopes, often near moisture. Its population is now below 500 birds as a result of habitat destruction and fragmentation which allows larger and more aggressive honeyeaters to invade. There is a captive breeding and reintroduction programme to try to save the species.

This specimen was donated by Lord Stamfordham in 1916.

This object is not on display.

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