Spotted Pardalote

All Pardalotes have spots and all nest in tunnels at least sometimes, the Spotted Pardalote has the most conspicuous spots and always nests in tunnels. Pairs make soft, whistling wheet-wheet calls to one another throughout the day which carry for quite a distance.

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The Spotted Pardalote is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

Spotted Pardalote investigating cavity in mortar in brick wall. Spotted Pardalote investigating cavity in mortar in brick wall. Photo: Holly Parsons © Holly Parsons Spotted Pardalote, with nesting material in its beak. Spotted Pardalote, with nesting material in its beak. More

Spotted Pardalote is sometimes treated as a separate species. Within the family the relationships between the subspecies are unclear, although it is thought that the Forty-spotted Pardalote is closely related to the Spotted Pardalote. Description and morphology - The pardalotes are small, compact birds that range in size from 8.5-12 cm in length. The Spotted and Striated Pardalotes conform to Bergman's rule and are larger in the south than they are in the north. More

The Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is one of the smallest of all Australian birds at 8 to 10 cm in length, and one of the most colourful; it is sometimes known as the Diamondbird. Although moderately common in all of the reasonably fertile parts of Australia (the east coast, the south-east, and the south-west corner) it is seldom seen up close enough to enable identification. More

Spotted Pardalote has been described as small and jewel-like. This is a very apt description. Head, wings and tail are black with white spots. Under the tail is bright yellow and the rump is chestnut red. Spotted Pardalotes spend most of their time in the canopy where they feed on insects. They nest in holes excavated in loose soil and tree hollows. More

Spotted Pardalote, (Pardalotus punctatus), but has a dull greenish-brown back and head, compared to the more colorful plumage of the former, with which it shares range, and there is no brow line. Rump is olive, under-tail dull yellow. Chest white with light yellow tints. Wings are black with white tips, appearing as many (closer to 60 than 40) discrete dots when the wings are folded. No seasonal variation in plumage; juveniles slightly less colorful than adults. Small (9–10 cm) energetic passerine. More

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Aspects of the topic spotted pardalote are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in pardalote (bird)) ... does not). All pardalotes are tiny and stub-tailed. Pardalotes glean insects from leaves and bark. They nest in tree holes or in crannies of buildings. The spotted pardalote (P. More

Male Spotted Pardalote at entrance to tunnel to nest cavity, Langwarrin Flora and Fauna Reserve, Victoria, Australia (Canon 1D Mark II with 500mm f/4 lens plus 1.4x extender, 1/100 sec at f/9, ISO 640, exposure compensation -1/3 eV, tripod) With a beak full of eucalyptus bark strips, the tiny bird races down the underground tunnel that is barely 5-cm wide. The end of the half-meter long burrow opens into a nest cavity that is neatly lined with generous amounts of bark. More

markings and spotted pardalotes have almost identical rows of spots along the wing. Biology - Tasmania has two other very similar species of pardalote, the spotted pardalote P. punctatus and striated pardalote P. striatus. Both these species are common and widespread across the State and are found breeding in many habitat types in rural areas and around towns and cities. More

Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) - Birds in Backyards Fact ... Jan 18, 2007 ... The Spotted Pardalote is a tiny bird that is most often high in a eucalypt canopy, so it is more often detected by its characteristic call. * pardalote beads pardalote. More

Here he is – the little male spotted pardalote (9-10 cm of sweetness). He is not as shy or flighty as all the other little birds, so a little easier to capture, when he does put in an appearance. He and his mate have a nesting burrow in a low embankment by my driveway at my bush home in Drummond, Central Victoria. Lumix FZ35, automatic setting. More

at least sometimes: the Spotted Pardalote has the most conspicuous spots and (like the Red-browed Pardalote) always nests in tunnels. More

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Order : Passeriformes
Family : Pardalotidae
Genus : Pardalotus
Species : punctatus
Authority : (Shaw & Nodder, 1792)