Bruny Island Birdlife - Crescent Honeyeater

 

Bruny Island is home to abundant birdlife, including all 12 species endemic to Tasmania. Some are critically endangered, such as the Forty-spotted Pardalote, the Swift Parrot, and the Tasmanian Wedge-tailed Eagle. All 12 endemic species are protected under Tasmania's Nature Conservation Act 2002.

Bruny Island is a popular place for bird watching, and has been named in the top 10 bird watching sites in Australia by Australian Birdlife magazine.

Watch out for the next Bruny Island Bird Festival, (date TBA).

Photos from award winning photographer Rod Hartvigsen of Murranji Photography

 

Crescent Honeyeater

The Crescent Honeyeater (Phylidonyris pyrrhopterus) is a bird found commonly in south eastern Australia. It can grow to 17cm in length. It can be distinguished by the black crescent shapes under its neck.

Habitat

The Crescent Honeyeater prefers forests and places with dense vegetation, but can be sometimes spotted in parks and gardens.

Behaviour

The Crescent Honeyeater lives on a diet of insects and nectar. It nests relatively low down, concealing their nests in the middle of shrubs. This makes them more vulnerable to ground dwelling predators.

Conservation

The Crescent Honeyeater is not endangered.