Spotted Pardalote

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Spotted Pardalote
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Backyard Creatures, Native Animals

The Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is a very small songbird.

Its wings, tail and head are black and covered with flecks of white. It has a pale eyebrow, yellow throat and a red to orange rump. Females have less distinct markings to males.

Pardalotes make a high pitched call in double or triple notes and live most of their life high in eucalypt forests and woodlands, although it is also found in parks and gardens with well-established eucalypt canopies.

Pardalotes make nests by excavating a narrow tunnel in an earth bank and lining a chamber at the end of tunnel. Sometimes they nest in tree hollows and occasionally in artificial structures. Both parents share nestbuilding, incubation of the eggs and feeding of the hatchlings.