The Regent Honeyeater is a bird that only lives in Australia. Its favorite food is flower nectar. People are concerned that the Regent Honeyeater may go extinct because of deforestation in the places that it lives.
Body length: 20 to 23cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
The Regent Honeyeater only lives in the south-east part of Australia. They live in open forests.
The Regent Honeyeater's favorite food is flower nectar. They also eat sap and fruit. Sometimes, they also eat insects.
The Regent Honeyeater has a long and thin tongue. The tip of its tongue is like a brush. This makes it easy for them to eat flower nectar.
They're good at impressions?!
The Regent Honeyeater only lives in Australia. Flower nectar provides birds in the Honeyeater family with the important nourishment that they need to live. They use a variety of methods to scare their rivals away from this flower nectar. Depending on the type of Honeyeater, they might use methods such as forming large groups to fight each other and putting the size of their body to good use. But the Regent Honeyeater uses a different trick. It's good at impressions. The Regent Honeyeater imitates the sound of larger Honeyeaters to scare away stronger rivals.
As the forests decrease, the Regent Honeyeater loses its access to nectar.
The reason that the number of Regent Honeyeaters has decreased is because deforestation has made the places they live in very sparse. As the forests have decreased, the fights over the remaining flower nectar have become even more fierce. The Regent Honeyeaters that lose fights to other Honeyeaters have been chased away to places that have less of their favorite food. People are trying to protect the Regent Honeyeaters by doing things like limiting deforestation and planting new trees. However, the number of Regent Honeyeaters still hasn't recovered.
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