Hen Island (Tasmania)

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Hen Island is a long, narrow, 7.6 hectare island in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group, lying close to the southern end of the south-western coast of Tasmania. Its highest point is 75 m Above Sea Level. It is part of the Southwest National Park, and thus within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2] The island is part of the Maatsuyker Island Group Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance as a breeding site for seabirds.[3]

Fauna[edit]

Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the Little Penguin (90 pairs), Short-tailed Shearwater 12,000 pairs), Fairy Prion (27,000 pairs), Pacific Gull and Sooty Oystercatcher. The Metallic Skink is present.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  2. ^ Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, 2002, archived from the original on 2006-08-22, retrieved 2006-07-20 
  3. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maatsuyker Island Group. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 09/08/2011.

Coordinates: 43°34′12″S 146°34′59″E / 43.57000°S 146.58306°E / -43.57000; 146.58306