Spotted Pardalote - Pardalotus punctatus

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Family: Pardalotidae (Pardalotes, Bristlebirds, Scrubwrens, Thornbills and allies, 30 species in Australia)
Size: 8-10 cm
Distribution: Within about 400 km of the coast of NSW, lower QLD and Eastern SA, all of TAS and VIC, parts of SW WA
Status: Common to moderately common
Habitat: Eucalypt forests, dry eucalypt woodlands, mallee
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

The spotted pardalote is a lovely, tiny bird that is heard much more often than it is seen. Its call is two, (most commonly) three, or four "pip pip pip" sounds in quick sucession. It nests in holes in the ground and is often attacked by animals like cats.

Spotted Pardalote - Pardalotus punctatus
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High Resolution (1618 x 1145)

Spotted Pardalote - Pardalotus punctatus
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High Resolution (1357 x 955)

Spotted Pardalote - Pardalotus punctatus
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)


Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds: Complete Compact Edition, by Michael Morcombe. Based on the above larger book. It's a while since I've seen this one. The publisher's commentary says that "This slimline, compact edition contains the same information on mainland and Tasmanian birds as his best-selling handbook, the Field Guide to Australian Birds. Features include plastic jacket, QuickFind system of colour tags and Quick Index ensure durability and ease of use in the field."

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Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

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