Pretty little Pardalote

The Striated Pardalote is the most common Pardalote in our area.

Birds in our World with Keith Ireland

There are seven birds in Australia that are known as Pardalotes.

They are all about 10 or 11cm in length and four of them are called Striated but are of different races.

These four have scientific names of three sections; the first two are the same while the third is different to differentiate them.

All the Pardalotes have bright colours as part of their plumage.

The Striated Pardalote pictured is the most common in our area. I was able to photograph it at a building site where soil had been cut away, leaving an almost perpendicular bank which is ideal for these birds to burrow out a tunnel with a chamber at the end.

Pieces of grass sticking out was convenient for them to land on, before entering the hole.

The workmen put up a barricade so the birds could stay there in peace.

At another site, I had friends who were wanting to improve their garden and had a load of soil delivered and tipped out near where it was to be spread.

As they were busy, the load of soil was left there for about three weeks before they took their shovels and rakes out to spread the soil.

As they were getting ready, they noticed a hole in the pile of soil.

Watching for a short while, they saw a Pardalote go into the hole and then come out again shortly afterwards.

The tools were put away until they were sure that the babies from the nest had left safely.

Another friend called me to come up to his place to see where a pair of Pardalotes had nested. He had built a retaining wall using bricks and rocks and the little birds had burrowed their entrance where there was a gap between two rocks.