About Friends of Helmeted Honeyeater


The Helmeted Honeyeater, Lichenostomus melanops cassidix, is a critically endangered honeyeater with a striking yellow plume. Currently there are three small, semi-wild populations in the remnant stream-side swamp forest at idyllic, Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.

The Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program focuses on increasing the number of Helmeted Honeyeaters in the wild and reducing potential threats. The long-term aim is to establish a stable, wild population with at least ten distinct (yet interconnected) colonies.

In partnership with Trust For Nature, the FOHH have worked with local land-owners to protect and rejuvenate existing tracts of habitat for these beautiful birds. These areas also provide habitat for the critically endangered Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum; with only 40 individuals left in the wild, the value of this work is immeasurable. Friends of The Helmeted Honeyeater have achieved something very special in this pocket of Victoria, they give a clear example of how restoring the landscape protects species and leaves an environmental legacy for all.

Please help to secure a safe future for Victoria’s Helmeted Honeyeater.

Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix)

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Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater

A feature of the Friends efforts over the last 25 years has been the ability of the group to be an advocate for the Helmeted Honeyeater and its special environment. Successes of the group are in evidence when one sees that revegetation projects are maturing and providing new and improved habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeater.