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.
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High Resolution (1618 x 1145)
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW. High Resolution (1357 x 955)
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.
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