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Striated Pardalote, Pardalotus striatus

Striated PardaloteStriated Pardalote
(Photograph by Dave Watts)

Description

The Striated Pardalote is a small bird (90-115mm) that shows considerable variation in plumage across its range. All birds have white eyebrows with a yellow spot in front of the eye, olive-grey backs and a white stripe in the wing with a red or yellow coloured spot at the front. The black crown may have or lack fine white stripes.

Males and females are similar in plumage and young birds are notably paler on the crown and face.

Habitat

Striated PardaloteStriated Pardalote(Photograph by Peter Tonelli)
Striated Pardalotes are widespread and can be found in most habitats with trees or shrubs, but favour eucalypt forests and woodlands and gardens.

Diet

Striated Pardalotes frequently feed in the high foliage of eucalypt trees, although occasionally come close to the ground where there are low shrubs. They eat a wide variety of insects and their larvae. Feeding often takes place in small groups.

Breeding

Striated Pardalotes form pairs or small groups of up to six birds between June and January. The nest is constructed close to the ground in a tree hollow or a tunnel excavated in an earthen bank. Three to five lustrous, white eggs are laid. Both sexes incubate and care for the young birds. Other members of the group may help with the feeding of the young.

Call

Birds maintain contact with soft trills of double or triple notes, "pick, pick" or "pick me up".
(Audio recordings courtesy of David Stewart/Nature Sound)
Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania

Distribution

Found in suitable habitat throughout Tasmania. The species is a winter migrant, spending the winter months in south-east mainland Australia.