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South East Mutton Bird Islet

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South East Mutton Bird Islet *
A Mutton Bird from southern Tasmania
Country  Australia
Type Mixed
Criteria iii, iv, vi, vii, viii, ix, x
Reference 507
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1982 (6th Session)
Extensions 1989

South East Mutton Bird Islet is a steep islet, in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Mutton Bird Island Group, at the southern end of the south-western coast of Tasmania. It is part of the Southwest National Park, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2] It is very small, with an area of 0.52 ha (1 acre), and the highest point is 22 m (72 ft) above sea level.

The island is part of the Port Davey Islands Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because of its importance for breeding seabirds.[3]

Fauna[change | change source]

Seabird species that breed on the island are the Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) (250 pairs), Fairy Prion (1000 pairs), Black-faced Cormorant and Silver Gull.[1] The Short-tailed Shearwater is also called the Mutton Bird in Australia, giving the islet it's name.

Other pages[change | change source]

Other National Parks and reserves in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are:

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  2. Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002 (PDF), Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, 2002, archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-22, retrieved 2006-07-20 
  3. "IBA: Port Davey Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-19. 

Coordinates: 43°25′S 145°58′E / 43.417°S 145.967°E / -43.417; 145.967