Bruny Island Birdlife - Green rosella


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


Green rosella

The Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus) is a bird endemic to Tasmania. The brightly coloured bird is a common sight on Bruny Island. It is Australia's largest rosella and grows up to 36cm in length.


The Green Rosella lives in most habitats except treeless areas like cleared farmland.


The Green Rosella's diet consists mainly of seeds, but also eats fruits, berries, nectar and insects. They feed on the ground and in trees. When breeding the bird nests in tree hollows.


The Green Rosella is not an endangered species.