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Bristlebird Love Match to Save the Species



National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary recently moved two pairs of Eastern Bristlebirds to David Fleay Wildlife Park, supporting the collaboration between the two sites, and the survival of the species.

The pairs of Eastern Bristlebirds were placed into purpose-built breeding aviaries with the hope of increasing the population of the now endangered species.
 
With now only four populations remaining in the southern Queensland/northern New South Wales region, with an estimated population of 35 birds, compared to the 14 populations and 154 birds recorded 15 years ago, a little nudge in the mating department is no laughing matter.
 
Wildlife Keepers from the National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are in charge of the majority of the daily husbandry, with assistance from David Fleay Wildlife Park’s supportive staff who manage afternoon feeding.
 
“We are determined to improve the numbers of this species until they are no longer endangered,” said Birds Supervisor, Allison Beutel.
 
“Once we have achieved this, we will then release them back to the wild.”
 
National Trust Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary became involved with the captive breeding program of this species in 2013.
 
They now have 16 Eastern Bristlebirds as part of the captive breeding program, six breeding pairs and four single males waiting for ‘somebody to love’.
 
For more information visit www.currumbinsanctuary.com.au.
 
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