Pardalotes go unnoticed by many people

COMMON: Pardalotes may like the slightly lower, and milder, forests here.

COMMON: Pardalotes may like the slightly lower, and milder, forests here.

Here is a photo of a bird found dead that we can’t identify. Do you know what it may be?

Kevin, Ballarat.

Your photo (not used here) shows a juvenile striated pardalote, a tiny bird of the gumleaves and treetops. It would have been about four or five months old. Perhaps its relative inexperience resulted in some mishap.

Pardalotes of two species (striated and spotted) seem to be more numerous in the Ballarat region during autumn and early winter. Food would be the main reason for their movement.

Because of their small size and treetop habits, pardalotes tend to be missed by most people. Although their calls indicate that they are fairly common. Sometimes there are several in one tree.

They feed on a small insects among the gumleaves.

  • Questions and photos are welcome. Send to Roger Thomas at The Courier, PO Box 21, Ballarat, 3353, or email to rthomas@vic.australis.com.au