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Striated Pardalote

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Photo © by NeilSydney, Australia, August 2004
Photo © by Neil
Sydney, Australia, August 2004
Pardalotus striatus


[edit] Identification

9–12 cm (3½-4¾ in); a very variable species

  • White eyebrow
  • Yellow lores
  • Olive-grey upperparts
  • White wing stripe
  • Black crown

The sexes are similar

[edit] Variations

In some populations the wing stripe may be narrow, or wide and the spot at the front end of this stripe may be red or yellow. The crown may or may not have fine white stripes.

Photo © by Rose FletcherNangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbor, South Australia, January 2009
Photo © by Rose Fletcher
Nangawooka Flora Reserve, Victor Harbor, South Australia, January 2009

[edit] Distribution

Australia including Tasmania.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies melanocephalus; Black-headed PardalotePhoto © by MzunguTaromeo, Queensland, Australia, May 2016
Subspecies melanocephalus; Black-headed Pardalote
Photo © by Mzungu
Taromeo, Queensland, Australia, May 2016

Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • P.s. uropygialis:
  • P.s. melvillensis
  • P.s. melanocephalus:
  • P.s. ornatus:
  • North-eastern New South Wales to eastern and southern Victoria
  • P.s. striatus:
  • P.s. substriatus:
  • Southern and central Australia, except the most arid regions

[edit] Habitat

A wide variety of wooded habitats from trees, shrubs, scrub, bushy gardens and especially eucalypt forests.

[edit] Behaviour

Male DisplayingPhoto © by Hans&Judy BesteTaromeo, Queensland, Australia, July 2016
Male Displaying
Photo © by Hans&Judy Beste
Taromeo, Queensland, Australia, July 2016

[edit] Diet

They feed in the canopy on a wide variety of insects and their larvae.

[edit] Breeding

The nest is usually in a tree hollow or a tunnel in an earthy bank. The clutch consists of 3-5 white eggs, whih are incubated by both adults. The young are fed by both parents, sometimes with the help of other group members.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: huit-huit

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2015)
  3. Birds in Backyards
  4. BF Member observations

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