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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NEW: The Australian Bird Guide, by Peter Menkhorst (Author), Danny Rogers (Author), Rohan Clarke (Author), Jeff Davies (Illustrator), Peter Marsack (Illustrator), Kim Franklin (Illustrator).
Revised Edition 2019. Original edition published 2017. This is a newer Australian bird field guide that I just got recently. It may be the best one out of all of them now. Though I still like the pictures better in "Simpson and Day" in terms of their artistic value, and that they just look more interesting to me than the drawings in any other bird field guide I've seen. This one has more "clinical" looking pictures. They are coloured artist-rendered drawings, not photographs. Though the more "clinical" look is meant to be more anatomically accurate, and better for identification.
The rest of the book is wonderful, with different coloured regions on the range maps, and very high quality information overall. It was the winner in its category for an Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) award for book of the year in 2018.
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