Nature conservation

Threatened species

Painted Honeyeater (Grantiella picta)

Saving our Species strategy

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

This species is distributed across relatively large areas and is subject to threatening processes that generally act at the landscape scale (e.g. habitat loss or degradation) rather than at distinct, defineable locations.

Conservation status

Management objectives

This SoS strategy aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained and maintain its conservation status under the BC Act.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

The map below displays the species’ distribution in NSW, based upon the species’ geographic range, habitat distribution or area of occupancy (to as high a resolution as available data allow, using a range of data sources).

Information about the species’ habitat and ecology is available here.

The map may also display one or more management sites where management of important populations is underway. More information is available in the tables below.


The species occurs in the following IBRA (Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia) regions in NSW:

Australian Alps
Brigalow Belt South
Broken Hill Complex
Channel Country
Cobar Peneplain
Darling Riverine Plains
Mulga Lands
Murray Darling Depression
New England Tablelands
NSW North Coast
NSW South Western Slopes
Simpson Strzelecki Dunefields
South Eastern Highlands
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

11% of the species' distribution occurs on reserve (within NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service estate).

Critical actions for this species

The key threats to the viability of landscape-managed species are loss, fragmentation and degradation of habitat, and widespread pervasive factors such as impacts of climate change and disease. Many of these threats are addressed by NSW planning, native vegetation, and biodiversity legislation, policy and programs including the offsets program (BioBanking, NSW Biodiversity Offsets Policy for Major Projects), Biodiversity Certification, management of environmental water and reservation under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Threats to this species are outlined here.

The actions listed in the action toolbox are supplementary to NSW legislation, policy and programs and can be used by stakeholders, where applicable to guide management at a site, regional or state scale.

Action toolbox

Action DescriptionScale
Encourage relevant landholders to enter into agreements, particularly in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements, that promote the protection, maintenance and recruitment of Acacia (A. pendula or A. homalophylla) woodland with mistletoe. Agreements should also incorporate sensitive grazing regimes that allow for the rehabilitation of woodland habitat.Area
Raise awareness among agricultural landholders of the importance of mistletoe as a resource for painted honeyeaters (and other species) and the fact that it is not harmful to healthy trees. State
Conduct strategic planting of acacia species (particularly A. pendula or A. homalophylla) to restore Brigalow, Boree and Yarran woodlands and connect fragmented patches, particularly in areas where painted honeyeaters are known to occur and breed.Area
Encourage landholders to protect ground layer and midstorey vegetation by implementing sensitive grazing practices and avoiding slashing or underscrubbing, and to promote the retention of a floristically and structurally diverse and spatially variable understorey.State
Target removal of weeds significantly compromising habitat values (e.g. invasive perennial grasses) and restore native vegetation. Care should be taken to avoid widespread removal of beneficial exotic woody vegetation without replacement and avoid non-target impacts of herbicides.Site
Measure the abundance and impact of noisy miners on species populations and habitat, and implement appropriate management actions with demonstrated effectiveness (e.g. direct control, habitat restoration) to reduce the impacts of noisy miners, if/where required. Site, Area
Within a region, prioritise sites that may function as drought refuges or source populations (e.g. floodplain riparian woodlands) in programs that aim to protect, manage or restore habitat.Site, Area
Conduct targeted research into identifying different practical methods for restoring the structure and function of the ground layer in degraded habitat, including soil biota and its functionality.Site

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the NSW Government and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial management actions can be undertaken. Currently, 1 management site has been identified for this threatened species.

Management sites

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Site nameSite typeStatusLocal government area (LGA)
Tarcutta Hills Priority management siteActive Wagga Wagga 

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.