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Xanthomyza phrygia (Regent Honeyeater)

Wikipedia Abstract

The regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) is a critically endangered bird endemic to South Eastern Australia. It is commonly considered a flagship species within its range, with the efforts going into its conservation having positive effects on many other species that share its habitat. Recent genetic research suggests it is closely related to the wattlebirds.
View Wikipedia Record: Xanthomyza phrygia

Endangered Species

Status: Critically Endangered
View IUCN Record: Xanthomyza phrygia

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 6.66499
EDGE Score: 4.80925


Adult Weight [1]  40 grams
Birth Weight [2]  3.9 grams
Female Weight [1]  37 grams
Male Weight [1]  44 grams
Weight Dimorphism [1]  18.9 %
Diet [3]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Frugivore, Nectarivore
Diet - Fruit [3]  10 %
Diet - Invertibrates [3]  20 %
Diet - Nectar [3]  70 %
Forages - Canopy [3]  70 %
Forages - Mid-High [3]  30 %
Clutch Size [5]  2
Incubation [4]  14 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Australian Alps montane grasslands Australia Australasia Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Eastern Australian temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Mount Lofty woodlands Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Murray-Darling woodlands and mallee Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub  
Naracoorte woodlands Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Southeast Australia temperate savanna Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands

Prey / Diet

Amyema cambagei (Needle-leaf Mistletoe)[4]
Eucalyptus albens (White Box)[4]
Eucalyptus leucoxylon (white ironbark)[4]
Eucalyptus melliodora (yellow-box)[4]
Eucalyptus sideroxylon (red ironbark)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill)1
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird)1
Callocephalon fimbriatum (Gang-gang Cockatoo)2
Dicaeum hirundinaceum (Mistletoebird)1
Glossopsitta pusilla (Little Lorikeet)3
Lathamus discolor (Swift Parrot)2
Lichenostomus penicillatus (White-plumed Honeyeater)1
Manorina melanocephala (Noisy Miner)1
Oriolus sagittatus (Olive-backed Oriole)1
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird)3
Platycercus elegans (Crimson Rosella)1
Plectorhyncha lanceolata (Striped Honeyeater)1

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Adelaide Zoo
Cleland Wildlife Park
Melbourne Zoo
Taronga Zoo




Attributes / relations provided by
1Higgins, PJ, Peter, JM and Steele, WK (Eds). (2001). Handbook of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds. Vol. 5, Tyrant-flycatchers to Chats. Oxford University Press, Melbourne
2Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
3Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
4Regent Honeyeater (Xanthomyza phrygia) Recovery Plan 1999 - 2003, Peter Menkhorst, Natasha Schedvin and David Geering, Australia Department of Natural Resources and Environment, May 1999
5Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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