Black-chinned Honeyeater (eastern subspecies) (Melithreptus gularis gularis)

Species Action Statement

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 action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

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:

South Eastern Queensland
NSW North Coast
New England Tablelands
Darling Riverine Plains
Brigalow Belt South
Mulga Lands
Cobar Peneplain
Murray Darling Depression
NSW South Western Slopes
South Eastern Highlands
Sydney Basin

Proportion of the species' distribution on reserve

24% 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
Negotiate conservation agreements with land managers across all tenures to protect areas of good condition habitat for black-chinned honeyeaters in areas where they are known to occur. Priority for conservation is habitat containing large mature trees of key foraging species on fertile soil types as these provide productive foraging areas. Key foraging species differ across NSW where this species occurs at high densities and range from yellow box, Blakely's red gum, white box, grey box and mugga ironbark on the western slopes, spotted gum on the north coast between Grafton and the Richmond River region, river red gums in inland riparian areas and in the Murray River region. Within a particular landscape this species requires a high amount of tree cover, but in fragmented landscapes such as Bundarra - Barraba area (tree cover approximately 40%) they have been found to occur in small well connected patches (sometimes less than 5ha in size) where a high proportion of their key foraging sp Site, Area
Undertake restoration/revegetation of habitat using locally appropriate key foraging species by promoting natural regeneration or implementing direct seeding or replanting programs in areas of known occurrence of this species. Revegetation should focus on expanding areas of existing habitat, connecting isolated habitat patches, either through corridor or stepping stone patches (preferably less than 500m apart as black-chinned honeyeaters are known to cross open spaces of this distance to reach patches of trees), widening riparian habitat or establishing additional large patches of vegetation. Revegetation in riparian areas and on fertile soil types is particularly important. Site, Area
Encourage natural regeneration of key foraging species in areas where grazing has degraded known habitat resulting in natural regeneration no longer occurring. In areas where clearing is not extensive and scattered remnant paddock trees or patches are still present this can be achieved through a range of methods including managing over-abundant native herbivores, total stock exclusion or utilising strategic grazing systems. Sites generally should not be grazed until regeneration is tall enough to withstand grazing (minimum of 3 to 10 years). Prioritise areas of fertile soil types. Site, Area
Deliver community education program with a focus on threatened woodland birds in important areas of the black-chinned honeyeater habitat including: promotion of the Office of Environment and Heritage Threatened Species website, development of landholder guidelines, running bird identification courses, threatened woodland bird field days and promotion of habitat enhancement for woodland birds through attending Landcare events, schools and agricultural shows. Area, State
Conduct hazard reduction so that the period between burns is long enough to enable the recruitment of key foraging species (usually greater than five years). Too frequent fire will adversely impact on natural regeneration of overstorey eucalypt species. Use crash grazing as a fuel reduction tool during years that a fire may cause high mortality in a recent recruitment event. Site
Identify, map and prioritise for negotiation of conservation agreements areas of habitat that may function as drought or climate change refuge sites for source populations. Examples of areas likely to provide refuge sites are large areas of habitat on high fertility soil types including floodplains and riparian areas, habitat surrounding permanent water, mountainous areas containing gorges that pond cool air or steep-sided valleys and dense copses of vegetation. Area

How will this species be managed?

Key management sites for this threatened species are being identified by the Office of Environment and Heritage and other program partners, where feasible, cost-effective and beneficial to the threatened species. Currently, no management sites have been identified for this threatened species.

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.