Bruny Island Birdlife - Red-capped Plover


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


Red-capped Plover

The Red-capped Plover (Charadrius ruficapillus) is found throughout Australia and is often seen on beaches.


The Red-capped Plover lives in coastal and wetland areas.


The Red-capped Plover feeds on worms, molluscs and crustaceans. It can often be seen foraging for food on beaches and wetland areas. When breeding they create nests on the ground.


The Red-capped Plover is not an endangered species.