Healesville Sanctuary

Helmeted Honeyeater

The Helmeted Honeyeater, Lichenostomus melanops cassidix, is Critically Endangered.  There are currently three small semi-wild populations established in remnant streamside swamp forest to the east of Melbourne.

Zoos Victoria has been involved in the captive breeding of Helmeted Honeyeaters since the Recovery Program began in 1989.  This commitment continues today.

The Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program focuses on increasing the number of Helmeted Honeyeaters in the wild and reducing potential threats, with the aim of establishing a stable wild population with at least ten distinct but inter-connected colonies.

Zoos Victoria's key roles in the recovery of the Helmeted Honeyeater are to: 

  • Supplement wild populations through captive breeding for reintroduction
  • Maintain an insurance population in captivity

Zoos Victoria staff are also involved in the translocation and reintroduction of captive-bred birds to the wild and monitoring their survival after release.

Plans and publications

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Download a comprehensive overview of what Zoos Victoria is doing to save the Helmeted Honeyeater (432 KB)

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DSE (2003) Action Statement - Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix).  Department of Sustainability and Environment, East Melbourne, Victoria (261 KB)

Menkhorst (2008) National Recovery Plan for the Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix).  Department of Sustainability and Environment

DSEWPC (2010). Lichenostomus melanops cassidix in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Canberra

Meet the animals

Helmeted Honeyeater

Head-strong Hero for the Extinction Fighters

Found: streamside in Victorian swamp forests

Her golden helmet provides a barrier when battling the threats of extinction. Our HeHo likes to crash headfirst into trouble.

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Zoos Victoria plans to save this endangered animal.

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News
Helmeted Honeyeater's flight for survival

Helmeted Honeyeater's flight for survival

Twelve critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeaters will be released into the wild today in an effort to save the bird from extinction.

24 October 2013
Dr. Harry with Mountain Pygmy-possum

Dr. Harry visits Healesville Sanctuary

Dr. Harry Cooper from Channel 7’s Better Homes and Gardens visited Healesville Sanctuary today where he delighted animals, visitors and staff.

9 May 2013
Did you know?
  • Helmeted Honeyeaters can be identified by their distinctive yellow tufts on either side of their heads.