About Friends of 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 at Yellingbo Nature Conservation reserve.

The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, along with Zoos Victoria is involved in the captive breeding of Helmeted Honeyeaters since the Recovery Program and the foundation of FOHHs 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.

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

Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix)

Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater @ Together For Wildlife Launch

At The Memo Theatre, Healesville on February 28, 2019

I’m Associate Professor Alan Clayton, President of Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater

“The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater have worked for the last thirty years to sustain this critically endangered bird which is Victoria’s state avian emblem. Over this time the Friends have managed to see the numbers of Helmeted Honeyeaters in the wild increase from around 50 to over 200. The Helmeted Honeyeater remains in great peril, largely due to the destruction of its unique habitat – the sedge rich Eucalyptus Camphora swamp. Thank you.”


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.