Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater

Dimensions: 8 in. x 8 in.
 
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Regent Honeyeater by Pete Marshall
Species Info
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Family: 
MELIPHAGIDAE
Order: 
PASSERIFORMES
Genus: 
Anthochaera
Species: 
phrygia
Population trend: 
decreasing
Authority: 
(Shaw, 1794)
Synonyms: 
Anthochaera phrygia subspecies phrygia|Xanthomyza phrygia
Medium: 
colored pencil
Artist Statement: 
This is the flagship species of SE Australia. It feeds mainly on nectar from Ironbark, Box and Blakeleys Gum forests, and these have suffered greatly in the logging practices pursued in this region. So much so, it is estimated 75% of this wooded habitat has been lost in the last 100 years. There is now a general move towards protecting and conserving these environments, but this is slow, and the wood chip industry clear felling and logging these remnant forest areas is still rampant.