Wild Aus­tralia

Australian Geographic - - Contents - with John Pickrell

Essen­tial high­lights

Reach­ing a weight of just 10g, sil­vereyes are among Aus­tralia’s small­est birds. They’re found across south­ern and eastern Aus­tralia and else­where in the south-west Pacif ic: there’s even an en­demic sub­species on Lord Howe Is­land (pic­tured left).

Each au­tumn part of Tas­ma­nia’s pop­u­la­tion makes a mas­sive mi­gra­tion across Bass Strait, with some of these tiny crea­tures reach­ing as far as south­ern Queens­land. Not all pop­u­la­tions mi­grate and it re­mains un­clear why some Tas­ma­nian birds do.

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