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Regent honeyeater

Australia

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Anthochaera phrygia

Endangered

  • Habitat destruction due to residential development and agricultural activities
  • Competition from larger aggressive honeyeaters
  • Predation from native animals
  • Loss of genetic diversity

The Regent Honeyeater only lives in the eucalypt forests and woodlands of New South Wales and Victoria in Australia. Its head, neck, and upper breast are black in colour while its back, wings, and tail have black and yellow hues. Its warty, yellowish eye skin is what differentiates it from the White-Fronted Honeyeater. During non-breeding season, its distinct call similar to a soft bell-like tune can be heard in its surrounding territories.

The continued conversion of forests and woodlands into human settlements and cattle farming is the main reason for the decline of the Regent Honeyeaters’ population. With its limited natural range, it competes with other birds for food and nesting areas while also being vulnerable to larger carnivorous animals around. Inbreeding incidents are also high which leads to contracting fatal diseases or having shorter lifespan.