Spotted Pardalote

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Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus). Photo: Chris Lindorff — NatureShare

The Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is a tiny bird (eight to 10 centimetres in height) that is most often found high in a eucalypt canopy and is often detected by its characteristic call (a repeated three note whistle).

Their wings, tail and head are black and covered with small distinct white spots. They have pale eyebrows, a yellow throat and red rump.

The Spotted Pardalote feeds on tiny sap sucking insects (psyllids) and a sugary substance produced on branches and twigs (manna). They are nicknamed foliage cleaners because of the way they pick the insects from the leaves and branches.

This pretty bird can still be found in urban areas that have eucalypts. Nests have sometimes been found in carpet rolls and garage roll-a-doors.

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Snow Gum or White Sallee (Eucalyptus pauciflora) Photo: Nadya Korinfsky — NatureShare

There are a range of local indigenous trees that can help attract and protect the Spotted Pardalote, including the Snow Gum or White Sallee (Eucalyptus pauciflora).

This tree has a beautiful white to cream trunk and is relatively small in size, which makes this tree well worth growing in the home garden.

It is excellent for honey production and birds are attracted to its seed and nectar.

Height: five to 10 metres
Width: six to 10 metres, moderately fast growing
Flowers: October–January

Your local indigenous nursery will be able to assist you with other indigenous plants that help attract local birds to your garden.