2019-2020 Breeding Season Summary – 10th February 2020

After a slow start our little friends are doing brilliantly and it is another recording breaking breeding season. To date the key numbers are:

Breeding pairs confirmed: 39  
Known fledglings: 74. This is a record number in the history of the recovery program.

In Jan 2020: 223 individual birds were recorded, including 60 of 66 fledglings known in Jan; plus 1 confirmed as lost (compared with 195 total individuals in Jan 2019).
In the period Dec’19-Jan’20: 244 individual birds were recorded (compared with 219 in Dec’18-Jan’19). This is a record number in the history of the recovery program.

And this includes good numbers from the genetic rescue birds helping to improve the long term viability of the sub-species. Let’s hope their good work continues.

And some fun facts:

The oldest known Helmeted Honeyeater in the world is Charles Henry and he turned 21 on the 5th Dec. 2018. Charles Henry is part of the captive breeding program at Healesville Sanctuary.

The oldest living Helmeted Honeyeater in the wild turned 9 on Monday 17/12/2018. And the oldest known bird ever in the wild lived to the age of 16.


One of this breeding seasons crop.

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