Nature conservation

Threatened species

Bird Orchid - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Chiloglottis anaticeps
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 03 Nov 2000
Profile last updated: 20 Nov 2018


Bird Orchid has a single reddish-brown or green flower about 3 cm wide. The main large petal of the flower is spoon-shaped with a number of small hard protrusions and a small point at the end. The flowering stem is up to 7 cm long, with two leaves at the base. Bird Orchid flowers from December to March, usually during wet periods.


Confined to the New England Tablelands of NSW where it is found only in Werrikimbe National Park and near Ebor.

Habitat and ecology

  • Bird Orchid often grows near streams or on the edges of low, flat rock outcrops.
  • It grows in eucalypt forest in areas with very little ground cover, in gravely loam soils.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
New England TablelandsEbor Basalts Predicted None
New England TablelandsRound Mountain Known None
New England TablelandsWalcha Plateau Known None
NSW North CoastComboyne Plateau Predicted None
NSW North CoastUpper Manning Known None