A bird found in fragmented habitats in the Hunter Valley has been listed as critically endangered, with fears it could be on the brink of extinction.
The Regent Honeyeater has mottled black and white feathers, yellow tipped wings and pink warty skin around its eyes.
The New South Wales Scientific Committee says its future is dire without protection, as there are less than 250 mature birds left in the state.
Alan Stuart from the Hunter Bird Observers Group says its population near Cessnock is under extreme threat.
“Critically endangered is just one step away from extinction in terms of the fate of the bird so hopefully this classification will trigger some extra activities and actions to help its cause,” he said.
Mr Stuart says the bird has been pushed to the brink of extinction.
“It is habitat loss and habitat fragmentation and particularly the loss of the prime habitat, rich lands on the Valley floor, that kind of thing.”
“Hopefully (the listing) will lead to some enhanced activity to do remediation.”