Bruny Island

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The core breeding habitat of the Critically Endangered Swift Parrot. The birds nest in hollows of old trees, that may take years to grow, and feed on local flowering trees. They cannot breed successfully without their co-occurring tree hollow and flowering forest.

Bruny Island also supports internationally important habitat for the Endangered Forty-spotted Pardalote and a suite of other threatened flora and fauna.

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Unfortunately, Bruny Island is threatened by ongoing deforestation. The destruction of habitat by forestry activities is documented in the National Recovery Plan for the species as the main threat to Swift Parrot survival.

Nest predation by introduced Sugar Gliders is an issue that many Swift Parrots are facing and is worse in areas where deforestation is severe. However, Bruny Island is Sugar Glider free and reducing the rate of deforestation on the island could ensure the future existence of the Swift Parrot.

An agreement between the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments, known as the Regional Forest Agreement (RFA), exempts the Swift Parrot from the Commonwealth’s EPBC Act, which is intended to protect nationally Endangered species. This allows the Tasmanian Government to continue logging Swift Parrot breeding habitat. The Tasmanian Government is also planning to accelerate deforestation on the renewal of the RFA in November 2017.

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BirdLife Australia is calling on the Australian Government to terminate the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement that is hastening the extinction of the Endangered Swift Parrot and to immediately stop logging Swift Parrot breeding habitat.

We are also asking the Tasmanian Government to permanently protect Swift Parrot habitat on Bruny Island and mature forests across the South-east Tasmania KBA.


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Photo credit: Chris Tzaros