Any idea what our state faunal emblem is?
Unlike most other jurisdictions that have chosen an endemic species, Victoria decided on a subspecies, the Helmeted Honeyeater – a distinct geographic race of the familiar Yellow-tufted Honeyeater. Helmeted Honeyeaters are critically endangered, found in a restricted area of forest near Yellingbo, about 50km east of Melbourne. While there are fewer than 200 Helmeted Honeyeaters left in the wild, Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters are common throughout the box-ironbark country. They are, in my eyes at least, an exceedingly charming, boisterous and ever-present feature of the local bush.
To learn more about the Helmeted Honeyeater and ongoing conservation efforts visit The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater.