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  Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)





Spotted Pardalote | Pardalotus punctatus photo
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) - male

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SPOTTED PARDALOTE FACTS

Description
The head, wings and tail of the Spotted Pardalote are black with small white spots. The face and neck are grey and the eyebrow is white. Males have a yellow throat. Females are similar but have less distinct spots and a white throat.

Size
9cm

Habitat
forest, woodland, parks and gardens

Food
psyllids and other insects, also sugary sap from leaves and psyllids

Breeding
The Spotted Pardalote nests in tunnel in earth bank or sometimes in a tree hollow. A clutch of four eggs is laid.

Range
The Spotted Pardalote is found in eastern and southern Australia from north Queensland through to Perth in Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Pardalotidae
Genus:Pardalotus
Species:punctatus
Common Name:Spotted Pardalote

Relatives in same Genus
  Forty-spotted Pardalote (P. quadragintus)
  Red-browed Pardalote (P. rubricatus)
  Striated Pardalote (P. striatus)