Photo: N. Lazarus
The Regent Honeyeater ia a nationally endangered species that relies on healthy nectar-producing Ironbarks and Box trees for its survival. It has a very striking appearance: a predominantly black head and throat with white scalloped markings on its underside, broad yellow bands on its wings and yellow under the belly and tail. Around its eye is a bare patch of wattled skin, which is usually pink or yellow in colour (see picture below). Unlike the New Holland Honeyeater, with which it is often confused, it has no white on its head. The bird feeds mainly on nectar taken in the canopy of trees, but also hawks for insects in the air. Its voice is a soft, metallic warble which is often hard to hear amongst the calls of other more raucous honeyeaters, such as Noisy Friarbirds and Red Wattlebirds. Occasionally, it will visit gardens and feed from Grevilleas and Bottle-brushes.
One of the strongholds for the Regent Honeyeater in NSW is the Capertee Valley. We have very few official records from the Wolgan Valley, however, (somewhat surprising, given its proximity to Capertee), and need your help in determining if it is a regular or infrequent visitor to your area.
If you think that you have seen the Regent Honeyeater in the valley, please contact Tiffany Mason, Threatened Species Officer with the Department of Environment & Climate Change on 6332 7640 or mobile 0429 072 586.
Your help is greatly appreciated.

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This page last updated: 09Apr2013