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South East Mutton Bird Islet

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South East Mutton Bird Islet
South East Mutton Bird Islet is located in Tasmania
South East Mutton Bird Islet
South East Mutton Bird Islet
Location off the south western coast of Tasmania
LocationSouth western Tasmania
Coordinates43°25′S 145°58′E / 43.417°S 145.967°E / -43.417; 145.967Coordinates: 43°25′S 145°58′E / 43.417°S 145.967°E / -43.417; 145.967
ArchipelagoMutton Bird Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of waterSouthern Ocean

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.[2] The Short-tailed Shearwater is also called the Mutton Bird in Australia, giving the islet it's name.

Related 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 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
  2. 2.0 2.1 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
  3. "IBA: Port Davey Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-09-19.