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.
Watch out for the next Bruny Island Bird Festival, (date TBA).
The Dusky Robin (Melanodryas vittata) is a small olive-brown bird endemic to Tasmania. It was given the nickname of 'stump robin' by early settlers, as it often sits on stumps or posts while it looks for insects and worms.
The Dusky Robin prefers dry forests and the edge zones between forests and clearings.
The Dusky Robin feeds on insects and nectar, and feeds both on the ground and in trees. It nests in tree cavities and tree forks.
The Dusky Robin is not endangered.