The birds described in this section have been shown by research to be particularly sensitive to one or more aspects of landscape management. As such, they are useful indicators for biodiversity condition at farm and landscape scales.
The on-going presence of these birds on your farm, or in your catchment, is a sign that you and your neighbours are employing land management practices that help maintain a balance between production and biodiversity.
Most of these species belong to a group of declining woodland birds that were once common throughout the temperate and subtropical woodlands of eastern Australia. However, their populations are now in serious decline, due mainly to habitat loss through clearing, and deteriorating condition of the habitat that remains.
Several of the birds listed here are still relatively common, yet long-term data and local studies have shown that they may be adversely impacted by certain aspects of landscape management. For example, the striped honeyeater is common and widespread through inland areas, but it is becoming less common in small patches of remnant vegetation, especially where those patches are isolated from more extensive areas of woodland.