Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Endemic Birds of Tasmania

Of the hundreds of bird species that can be seen in Tasmania, just 12 are endemic to the island. All twelve are shown below. For the sake of completeness, I've included two  photos which  are not my own, shared here thanks to the Creative Commons License. Many birders come down to Tasmania for a whirlwind tour and tick off all twelve endemics in a day or two. Personally, after being here for 9 years, I have only seen 11 and photographed 10.  I'm yet to see the Forty-spotted pardalote which only occurs in some small areas of the south-east and I'm yet to photograph the Strong-billed honeyeater. I'm in no rush. While I enjoy seeing new birds, my main enjoyment comes from observing even the common birds.

Tasmanian native hen      Gallinula mortierii

Green rosella       Platycercus caledonicus  in the backyard

Dusky robin       Melanodryas vittata    in the backyard

Tasmanian thornbill       Acanthiza ewingii     at Narawntapu N.P

Scrubtit       Acanthornis magnus  at Fern Glade, Burnie

Tasmanian Scrubwren       Sericornis humilus    in the backyard
Yellow wattlebird       Anthochaera paradoxa  at Romaine Reserve

Yellow-throated honeyeater       Lichenostomus flavicollis  at Round Hill

Black-headed honeyeater      Melithreptus affinus   in the backyard

Strong-billed Honeyeater    Melithreptus validirostris - Creative Commons - by J J Harrison

Black currawong       Strepera fuliginosa  at Cradle Mountain

Forty-spotted Pardalote - Pardalotus quadragintus - Maria Island - Creative Commons, Photo by Nomdeploom at en.wikipedia

Linking to I'd Rather B Birdin'


  1. Wow!!! Such a super array of bird species. I so enjoyed seeing the different birds you've captured in photo.

    And the 'hen' chicks in the top picture ... adorable.

    Thank you kindly for sharing this link at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

  2. Awesome variety of birds and great photos..

  3. Gorgeous photos of all the birds!

  4. Thank you Anni, Eileeninmd, and Gunilla Bäck. Glad you enjoyed them.

  5. This is a great blog and Tassie is such a beautiful state and lovely place. Our tour started out really well organized. I went on the Port Arthur and Tasman Peninsula tour with a stop at the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park.