Mutton Bird Island

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Mutton Bird Island
Mutton Bird Islands (Landsat).jpg
A Landsat image of the Mutton Bird Islands Group; the Mutton Bird Island is the largest island that is located closest to the coast.
Mutton Bird Island is located in Tasmania
Mutton Bird Island
Mutton Bird Island
Location off the south western coast of Tasmania
LocationSouth western Tasmania
Coordinates43°25′12″S 145°57′58″E / 43.42000°S 145.96611°E / -43.42000; 145.96611Coordinates: 43°25′12″S 145°57′58″E / 43.42000°S 145.96611°E / -43.42000; 145.96611
ArchipelagoMutton Bird Islands Group
Adjacent bodies of waterSouthern Ocean
Area44 ha (110 acres)[1]
Highest elevation40 m (130 ft)
RegionSouth West

Mutton Bird Island is an irregularly shaped unpopulated island located close to the south-western coast of Tasmania, Australia. Situated some 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of where the mouth of Port Davey meets the Southern Ocean, the 44-hectare (110-acre) is the largest of the eight islands that comprise the Mutton Bird Islands Group. The Mutton Bird Island is part of the Southwest National Park and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site.[1][2]

The highest point of Mutton Bird Island is 40 metres (130 ft) above sea level.


The island is part of the Port Davey Islands Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International because of its importance for breeding seabirds.[3] Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are the little penguin (3,000 pairs), short-tailed shearwater, (530,000 pairs), fairy prion (2,500 pairs), Pacific gull, silver gull and sooty oystercatcher. Reptiles present are the metallic skink and Tasmanian tree skink.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002" (PDF). Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. 2002. p. 30. 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. Hobart: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X.
  3. ^ "IBA: Port Davey Islands". Birdata. Birds Australia. Retrieved 19 September 2011.