Nature conservation

Threatened species

Hooded Robin (south-eastern form) (Melanodryas cucullata cucullata)

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.

Your search returned one or more sites that are restricted due to the sensitive nature of either the species or the site. Individuals involved in management on these sites can access detailed information via the database.


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

NSW South Western Slopes
South Eastern Highlands

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

3% 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
Measure the abundance and impact of noisy miners on species populations and habitat, and implement appropriate management actions with demonstrated effectiveness to reduce the impacts of noisy miners if/where required. The preferred method for managing aggressive honeyeater impacts is through habitat modification (e.g. reduce the amount of edge and establish a structurally complex understorey). Site, Area
Undertake revegetation, using a diverse mix of locally appropriate native species, focussing on expanding and connecting areas of existing habitat. Where appropriate, establish new habitat patches in areas where native vegetation cover is lacking. Target the productive lower parts of the landscape, especially areas adjacent to streams (which may provide important drought refuges). To maximise these benefits, riparian plantings should be at least 50m wide. Site
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
Encourage the retention of a floristically and structurally diverse and spatially variable understorey in patches of woodland. Raise public awareness of the damage caused to wildlife habitat by slashing/underscrubbing, over-grazing, and frequent fuel reduction burns. Target in-perpetuity covenants or stewardship agreements to landholders with high quality remnant woodland habitat. State
Encourage the retention of woody ground debris. Raise public awareness of the impact of firewood collection, cleaning up, and fuel reduction burns on this critical resource. Promote the retention of large old trees that have the potential to contribute woody ground debris via the shedding of limbs. Site
Raise awareness among landholders in a local area known to have important habitat for the species, to engage them in proactive management and monitoring of the species' population on their land. Area, State
Ensure populations remain connected by avoiding gaps greater than 100m between habitat patches and along linear remnants. Eliminate gaps through revegetation (either corridors or stepping stone plantings), focusing on important movement pathways. Site, Area
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

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)
Central West Woodlands Priority management siteActive Cabonne, Cowra, Forbes, Hilltops, Weddin 

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.