At least 1,000 long-flowered mistletoe seeds, a key breeding source for the species, will be planted into host trees in the lower Hunter Valley

So few of Australia’s regent honeyeaters remain, its distinctive mating song is slowly being lost to its dwindling population.

Its staccato burst of pips and squeaks, a “funny sort of call”, was passed down to young males from “uncles” when honeyeaters, a nomadic species, still travelled in flocks.

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