Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

Spotted Pardalotes are most abundant in April and least so in November. The April peak could be due to birds gathering in post-breeding flocks, or to birds getting caught up in the autumn honeyeater migration. Numbers fluctuate but have shown a slight increase in recent years.

Spotted Pardalotes breed in the tunnels they excavate in sandbanks, garden beds or similar structures sometimes quite close to houses. Nesting activity was recorded all year with most from July to February. There are many records of nests but very few of dependent young, perhaps because it is easier to see birds around nesting tunnels than in the tree tops where the young join their parents after fledging. R=21. BR=20.