Anthochaera phrygia by Pete Marshall(8 in. x 8 in. | colored pencil | ID#3643)
Family: MELIPHAGIDAE | Conservation Status: Critically Endangered | Population Trend: decreasing
This is the flagship species of SE Australia. It feeds mainly on nectar from Ironbark, Box and Blakeleys Gum forests, and these have suffered greatly in the logging practices pursued in this region. So much so, it is estimated 75% of this wooded habitat has been lost in the last 100 years. There is now a general move towards protecting and conserving these environments, but this is slow, and the wood chip industry clear felling and logging these remnant forest areas is still rampant.
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