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


Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke Finding Australian Birds A Field Guide to Birding Locations, by Tim Dolby and Rohan Clarke. From the eastern rainforests to central deserts, Australia is home to some 900 species of birds. This book covers over 400 Australian bird watching sites conveniently grouped into the best birding areas, from one end of the country to the other. This includes areas such as Kakadu in the Top End and rocky gorges in the central deserts of the Northern Territory, the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, rainforests distributed along the eastern Australian seaboard, some of the world's tallest forests in Tasmania, the Flinders Ranges and deserts along the iconic Strzelecki and Birdsville Tracks in South Australia, and the Mallee temperate woodlands and spectacular coastlines in both Victoria and south west Western Australia.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe 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)

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Australian Bird Field Guides

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