Bruny Island Birdlife - Tasmanian Thornbill


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


Tasmanian Thornbill

The Tasmanian Thornbill (Acanthiza ewingii) is a small bird endemic to Tasmania. It grows up to 10cm long.


The Tasmanian Thornbill prefers the colder climate of rainforests and wet forests.


The Tasmanian Thornbill eats mainly insects and occasionally seeds. It can be seen foraging at tree and ground level. When nesting, it creates a dome shaped nest with a flap door.


The Tasmanian Thornbill is not endangered.