Bruny Island Birdlife - Yellow-throated 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

 

Yellow-throated Honeyeater

The Yellow-throated Honeyeater (Lichenostomus flavicollis) is found only in Tasmania. It is easily distinguished by the yellow coloured throat, wings and tail. It grows up to 21cm long.

Habitat

The Yellow-throated Honeyeater lives in dry and wet forests and coastal heaths. They can also be sometimes spotted in fruit orchards and urban parks and gardens.

Behaviour

The Yellow-throated Honeyeater is a territorial bird, defending its territory from birds of the same and different species. It feeds primarily on insects and nectar, and occasionally fruit and seeds.

Conservation

The Yellow-throated Honeyeater is not endangered.