The endangered Eastern Bristlebird is making an exciting comeback in far east Gippsland.
DELWP Natural Environment Program staff have recorded a new site for this elusive bird, and nationally endangered and threatened species.
Program Manager, Mick Bramwell said: “Previously, the Eastern Bristlebird was only thought to be present at one site in Victoria, in wetland scrub and heathland east of Mallacoota, in an area known as Howe Flat where there’s a population of 100 to 140 birds.
“The species once occurred in coastal and lowland areas from Mallacoota to Cape Conran in East Gippsland and was previously only found in dense scrub dominated by Tea Tree, Bottlebrush and heathland species,” Mr Bramwell said.
“We recently recorded Eastern Bristlebirds in sedge and Banksia-dominated scrub areas five kilometres east of Howe Flat.
"There is another population north of the Victorian-NSW border in Nadgee Nature Reserve and this new site is about halfway between the two populations, so we’re excited to have found them."
“Up to three pairs were heard calling and later detected through sound recorders when DELWP and Parks Victoria staff were undertaking a survey to better understand the distribution and abundance of Eastern Bristlebirds in the Howe Flat area.
“This information will be used in developing and implementing conservation management plans aimed at protecting this nationally endangered bird.
“The discovery of these birds is excellent news for the project, and we intend to complete more surveys in spring to determine whether the newly-discovered birds are isolated or are a part of the Howe Flat population.”
The Eastern Bristlebird conservation program received $320,000 funding from the Victorian Government’s $34.77 million Biodiversity Response Planning program.
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