Search for endangered bird comes up short

GLENRAC volunteers enjoying a day out.
GLENRAC volunteers enjoying a day out.

Have you seen this bird?

The Glen Innes local landcare body GLENRAC is organising a search for two endangered birds - the Regent Honeyeater and the Swift Parrot.

They held a "survey weekend" in May and plan another on the weekend of August 3-4.

The Regency Honeyeater was once found throughout south-east Australia, but clearance of much of its habitat led to a rapid decline in numbers. It's now considered critically endangered.

The Swift Parrot, which breeds in Northern Tasmania, winters in NSW or Adelaide. There are an estimated 1000 breeding pairs left in the wild.

Swift Parrot.

Swift Parrot.

GLENRAC set out to look for both birds in May, walking the banks of the Severn Riber at the property Wattle Bend. Landcare Coordinator Lucy Faithfull said they had a great time in May, but had little luck.

"We added 26 birds to the survey, 3 of which were honeyeaters, with the Yellow Tufted Honeyeater being a first for a lot of us. But unfortunately, no Regent Honeyeater sightings," she said.

Sam Walsh, 11, said he enjoyed himself greatly.

"It was just a really fun time and I got to get close with birds. The vegetation was great. I especially liked seeing the Yellow-tufted honeyeater for the first time."

The survey weekends are national events held every year. If you do see either bird, please contact GLENRAC.

Two Regent Honeyeaters. These birds are now considered critically endangered.

Two Regent Honeyeaters. These birds are now considered critically endangered.