Observations - Regent Honeyeater
Regent Honeyeater successful breeding event
The first documented case of a Regent Honeyeater pair-bond lasting more than one breeding season has been confirmed.
A pair of Regent Honeyeaters first observed breeding and reported in August / September 2019 Update 34 and again in September 2020 Update No. 39, has again been observed in October 2020 Update 40. The birds are from the 2017 captive-bred release. They are a female Orange-Metal Blue-Yellow (OMBY) and male Orange-Metal Pink-Pink (OMKK) and they successfully raised 3 new Regent Honeyeaters during October 2020.
Breeding events (involving wild or ex captive birds) occur but are rare. They are the exception not the rule. Nests that result in three (so far) successfully fledged birds from the one clutch are extremely rare. The documentation of this successful breeding is a significant event for the National Recovery Team and the captive breeding, release and monitoring program.
Video source: Regent Honeyeater Recovery Team, Hume Region, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
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