Striated Pardalote

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Description

Striated Pardalote, Pardalotous striatus, is a very small bird, with a size of 9-11.5cm. It features a grey/olive back, crown plain black or sometimes streaked black and white, blunt black bill. Large white eyebrow that starts with a yellow mark, wings black with thin white stripe which begins with yellow or red spot. Underparts whitish with variable amounts of yellow/cinnamon on throat, breast and flanks. Call is a crisp ‘chip-chip-chip’ repeated at regular intervals, often for long periods.

Feeding Habits

Mostly feed high in the outer canopy, taking lerps and many different insects found amongst leaves, bark and flowers, often in eucalypts. Occasionally seen feeding on the ground.

Breeding

June-January. Both sexes excavate tunnels, digging into earth/creek banks 40-90cm. Bark and soft grass line the nesting chamber at the end. Three-to-four eggs are laid. These are tended to by both parents. Some nests may be in small tree hollows.

Places to Look

  • Eucalypt forests
  • Woodlands
  • Arid Scrubland

Threats

Destruction of habitat.

References

NQ Dry Tropics gratefully acknowledges the contribution of Birdlife Townsville (formerly the Townsville Region Bird Observers Club) to the information on this page.

Striated Pardalote © Birdlife Townsville 2008

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