The emblematic honeyeater

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.

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Yellow-tufted Honeyeater, Mia Mia Track, 1st February 2016

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To learn more about the Helmeted Honeyeater and ongoing conservation efforts visit The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater.

2 responses to “The emblematic honeyeater

  1. Helen Schofield

    Such beautiful reflections! So glad your area had a burst of rain the other day.

  2. Dad and I saw two groups fighting in a bunch on the ground on Saturday heading up Yandoit just before it rained . There must have been about 10 birds in all and at first i thought one was injured till we pulled over and saw them fighting. Never seen anything like it before!

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