Birds of King Island
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT KING ISLAND BIRDS?
Tasmania is recognised as one of Australia's top five bird watching destinations. King Island is home to nine endemic sub species, two of which are listed as Critically Endangered and two as Vulnerable, as well as 10 of the 12 endemic Tasmanian species. We firmly believe it is the jewel in Tasmania’s birding crown.
Situated within both international and national migratory flight paths and often acting as a refuge for vagrant species, you may well find yourself visiting alongside the world's rarest bird: the Orange-bellied Parrot. Its incredible diversity, with over 200 species recorded, is concentrated on a manageable area of just over 1000 square kilometres. You can cover farmland, wetland, pristine beaches, bush and forests easily within a small time frame. Migratory birds breeding on the island range from the Short-tailed Shearwater, the tiny Fairy Tern to the Satin Flycatcher and Flame Robin. Summer visitors include Ruddy Turnstones and Sandlerlings on the beaches while the Double-banded Plover escapes from the cold of the New Zealand winter and over-winters on the comparatively mild King Island.