Christmas Island (Tasmania)


Christmas Island (Tasmania)

Christmas Island is an island nature reserve, with an area of 63.49 ha, in south-eastern Australia. It is part of Tasmania’s New Year Island Group which includes the much larger King Island,[1] lying north-west of Tasmania in Bass Strait. The island forms part of the King Island Important Bird Area because of its importance for breeding seabirds and waders.[2]

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Fauna

Breeding seabird and shorebird species include Little Penguin, Short-tailed Shearwater, Pacific Gull, Silver Gull, Sooty Oystercatcher, Pied Oystercatcher and Black-faced Cormorant. Reptiles include Tiger Snakes and lizards. A species of mouse is present.[3]

References

Notes

  1. ^ Brothers et al, p.47.
  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: King Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 2011-07-16.
  3. ^ Brothers et al, pp.47-49.

Sources

  • 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

Coordinates: 39°41′S 143°50′E / 39.683°S 143.833°E / -39.683; 143.833



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