Bruny Island Birdlife - Strong-billed 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

 

Strong-billed Honeyeater

The Strong-billed Honeyeater (Melithreptus validirostris) is endemic to Tasmania. It is of similar size to the black-headed honey eater. It can be distinguished from the black-headed honeyeater by the white throat and chest, and dark beak.

Habitat

The Strong-billed Honeyeater prefers wet forests, wet scrub and heath. It is sometimes seen in urban parks and gardens.

Behaviour

The Strong-billed Honeyeater lives primarily on a diet of insects, although it will occasionally eat nectar and fruit. It feeds a tree level and ground level. Strong-billed Honeyeaters set up breeding colonies during the breeding season, which they return to every year. The breeding colony is a community effort with all adults helping the the nest building, feed and defence.

Conservation

The Strong-billed Honeyeater is not endangered.