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#ThreatenedThursday: Kangaroo Island White-eared Honeyeater

#ThreatenedThursday: Kangaroo Island White-eared Honeyeater

September 8, 2022


SPECIES: Nesoptilotis leucotis thomasi — Kangaroo Island White-eared Honeyeater

CLASSIFICATION: Endangered


The population of the KI White-eared Honeyeater declined by an estimated 54% in the 2019/20 fires on Kangaroo Island. They not only rely on suitable habitat, but help to provide it.


This particular honeyeater has a black face and a diagnostic white ear-patch, and adults have an olive-green upper body. They nest within shrubs and low trees, building nests that are firm, thick-walled open cups lined with fur from animals.


The estimated population following that decline is around 6,700 individuals, and it is critical these numbers are boosted with the species playing an important role in pollination.


Honeyeaters are considered one of the most important pollinating species of birds in Australia, so when considering a project focussed on wider ecosystem restoration as our Kangaroo Island work is, it is vital to provide a foundation on which this species can thrive.


🌱 With the launch yesterday of our Kangaroo Island Wilderness Project, our weekly #ThreatenedThursday features are focussed on the endangered wildlife on Kangaroo Island.


In the wake of the bushfires on KI, invasive species including feral cats, pigs and weeds have caused untold damage. FAME is once again partnering with KI Land for Wildlife, to work with private landowners to manage threats facing the KI White-eared Honeyeater and many other endangered species.


Read about this ambitious restoration project by visiting: FAME.org.au/projects/kangaroo-island-wilderness-project