Chicken Island (Tasmania)

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Chicken Island
Chicken Island is located in Tasmania
Chicken Island
Chicken Island
Location off the southern coast of Tasmania
Location South West Tasmania
Coordinates 43°34′12″S 146°36′00″E / 43.57000°S 146.60000°E / -43.57000; 146.60000Coordinates: 43°34′12″S 146°36′00″E / 43.57000°S 146.60000°E / -43.57000; 146.60000
Archipelago Maatsuyker Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of water Southern Ocean
Area 1.95 ha (4.8 acres)[1]
State Tasmania
Region South West
Population Unpopulated

Chicken Island is an island located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. The low, flat, 1.95-hectare (0.0075 sq mi) island is part of the Maatsuyker Islands Group, and comprises part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

The vegetation is dominated by Sarcocornia quinqueflora and Senecio pinnatifolius. Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, fairy prion, common diving-petrel, Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher and Caspian tern.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  2. ^ 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