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 Tasmanian Native-hen (Tribonyx mortierii) is a flightless bird endemic to Tasmania. It can grow up to 50cm tall.
The Tasmanian Native-hen lives in open areas near water such as grasslands and marshes.
The Tasmanian Native-hen feeds on seeds, grasses, leaves and occasionally insects. Although it cannot fly, it is a capable swimmer and a fast runner, able to reach speeds near 50km/h. The bird is territorial and fights can occur in defence of territory.
The Tasmanian Native-hen is not endangered. However, being a flightless bird with nests on the ground, they are vulnerable to predators such as feral cats and foxes. The hen is a protected species under Tasmanian law.