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Regent Honeyeater

Wild populations of the Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) have declined mainly due to the clearing and fragmentation of woodland and forest containing its preferred Eucalyptus species.  Long term recovery of the species requires a landscape approach to conservation involving the retention of ‘key’ eucalypt species; an increase in the area and health of box-ironbark communities through improved management. The primary objective of the breeding program is the provision of an insurance population for posterior release back into the wild. In the last few years the program has achieved encouraging results. Currently seven zoo-bred released honeyeaters have been observed up to two years post release, with one bird observed 700km from the release site.

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