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By Country News

Have you seen a regent honeyeater recently?

If so, DELWP and BirdLife Australia would love to hear from you.

DELWP is calling on members of the community to keep an eye (and ear) out for regent honeyeaters, and to report any sightings as soon as possible while they continue to monitor the locations of the bird.

In April 2017, 101 captive-bred birds were released into Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park. The park is home to key box and ironbark tree species and is considered Victoria’s premier habitat for regent honeyeaters.

‘‘Dry conditions have resulted in poor flowering of Mugga ironbark, which is usually a key nectar resource for regents over autumn and winter,’’ DELWP’s natural environment program officer Glen Johnson said.

‘‘The white box is now flowering well in some parts of the park, and across north-east Victoria and southern NSW, and we recently recorded at least four birds from the 2017 release feeding on white box blossom in Whorouly,’’ he said.

‘‘As spring continues, regent honeyeaters may venture further afield and chase nectar from flowering natives like spotted gum, bottlebrush and grevillea, or flowering remnant yellow box.

‘‘And now that the weather is getting warmer, regent honeyeaters will also be taking a plunge into farm dams or drinking from bird baths, especially in native gardens with flowering plants.’’

■To report a sighting, phone Dean Ingwersen from BirdLife Australia on 1800 621 056 or email dean.ingwersen@birdlife.org.au or phone Glen Johnson from DELWP on 0418 501 936 or email glen.Johnson@delwp.vic.gov.au