Location of Babel Island in Bass Strait
|Area||440 ha (1,100 acres)|
The Babel Island, part of the Babel Group within the Furneaux Group, is a 440-hectare (1,100-acre) granite island, located in Bass Strait, lying off the east coast of Flinders Island, Tasmania, south of Victoria, Australia. The privately owned island was named by Matthew Flinders from the noises made by the seabirds there.
The Babel Island group is classified as an Important Bird Area. Babel island is home to the largest colony of short-tailed shearwaters in the world, with an estimated 2.8 million pairs, or about 12% of the whole population of this species, and is subject to annual muttonbirding. It also has a major colony of little penguins, with 20,000 pairs. As well as the shearwaters and penguins, other seabirds and waders recorded as breeding on the island include silver gull, Pacific gull, sooty oystercatcher and crested tern. White-bellied sea-eagles breed on the island and peregrine falcons nest on the eastern cliffs.
Mammals found there are the red-necked wallaby and Tasmanian pademelon as well as the introduced house mouse and feral cat. Resident reptiles include the metallic skink, three-lined skink, White's skink, eastern blue-tongued lizard and tiger snake.
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- Flinders, Matthew (1814). A Voyage to Terra Australis. London: G. and W. Nicol., entry for 9 February 1798
- "Babel Island Land Transfer". Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project. Indigenous Studies Program, The University of Melbourne. 30 June 2006. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
- "IBA: Babel Island Group". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 2011-05-19.
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