The public comment period for this draft recovery plan closed 18 December 2015.
About this document
This document constitutes the Draft National Recovery Plan for the Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia). The plan considers the conservation requirements of the species across its range and identifies the actions that need to be taken to improve the species’ long-term viability in nature.
This recovery plan is a revision of the 1999-2003 Regent Honeyeater Recovery Plan (Menkhorst et al., 1999). The 1999-2003 Recovery Plan was reviewed by the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Team in 2012. The review concluded that despite the conservation gains made for the regent honeyeater as a result of the implementation of the 1999-2003 Recovery Plan, all key threats to regent honeyeaters remained and there had been no improvement in the species conservation status (Regent Honeyeater Recovery Team, unpublished report).
The regent honeyeater is listed as critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and is also listed as threatened under various state legislation.
The overarching objectives of this recovery plan are to:
- Reverse the long-term population trend of decline and increase the numbers of regent honeyeaters to a level where there is a viable, wild breeding population, even in poor breeding years; and to
- Maintain key regent honeyeater habitat in a condition that maximises survival and reproductive success, and provides refugia during periods of extreme environmental fluctuation.