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South East Mutton Bird Islet *
Puffinus tenuirostris - SE Tasmania
A Mutton Bird from southern Tasmania
Country  Australia
Type Mixed
Criteria iii, iv, vi, vii, viii, ix, x
Reference 507
Region ** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1982 (6th Session)
Extensions 1989

South East Mutton Bird Islet is a steep islet, in south-eastern Australia. It is part of the Mutton Bird Island Group, at the southern end of the south-western coast of Tasmania. It is part of the Southwest National Park, and part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Site. It is very small, with an area of 0.52 ha (1 acre), and the highest point is 22 m (72 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.

Fauna

Seabird species that breed on the island are the Short-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris) (250 pairs), Fairy Prion (1000 pairs), Black-faced Cormorant and Silver Gull. The Short-tailed Shearwater is also called the Mutton Bird in Australia, giving the islet it's name.

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Other National Parks and reserves in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are:


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