One of the Hume region’s most endangered native birds has taken up an artistic residence in Chiltern.

A mural by renowned Melbourne artist, Jimmy Dvate, is helping to raise awareness of the Regent Honeyeater and to increase the number of sightings reported to DELWP and BirdLife Australia.

The Regent Honeyeater was once found along the coast from Brisbane to Adelaide but are now only found in remnant populations across Victoria and NSW. Since the 1950s their population has steadily declined, and it’s estimated that there are only about 400 birds left in the wild.

Chiltern is a hot-spot for Regent sightings, which will assist with protecting the species into the future. The Box-Ironbark section of the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park is considered one of Victoria’s key habitat locations for the species.

DELWP and Indigo Shire Council, in conjunction with Murray Arts, Chiltern Tourism and Development Inc and Chiltern Landcare Group, worked together to deliver the project with funding from the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity On-Ground Action Icon Species Grants program.

An interpretive board will be installed to complement the artwork and provide more information. The board will explain the plight of the Regent Honeyeater, the importance of the Box-Ironbark forest, and how to report sightings.

More sightings are expected around autumn when Mugga Ironbark trees start flowering and Regents are more likely to come into the area. This information will provide valuable data about the movements and survival rates of Regents.

If you see a Regent Honeyeater, please report your sighting to BirdLife Australia on 1800 621 056 or DELWP on 136 186.

Protecting Victoria’s Environment – Biodiversity 2037 is Victoria’s plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment. Find out more about Biodiversity 2037 here: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/biodiversity/biodiversity-plan

Regent Honeyeater mural

Page last updated: 06/02/20