Spotted pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus

The spotted pardalote is one of the smallest of all Australian birds at 8 to 10 cm in length, and one of the most colourful; it is sometimes known as the diamondbird. Although moderately common in all of the reasonably fertile parts of Australia it is seldom seen closely enough to enable identification. A distinctive subspecies, the ''yellow-rumped pardalote'' , is found in drier inland regions of southern Australia, particularly in semi-arid Mallee woodlands.
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Defense

All pardalotes have spots and all nest in tunnels at least sometimes; the spotted pardalote has the most conspicuous spots and always nests in tunnels. Pairs make soft, whistling wheet-wheet calls to one another throughout the day, which carry for quite a distance. One of the difficulties in locating a pardalote is that the contact call is in fact two calls: an initial call and an almost instant response, and thus can come from two different directions.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyPardalotidae
GenusPardalotus
SpeciesP. punctatus
Photographed in
Australia