Our other Pardalote is the Striated Pardalote
Pardalotus striatus, similar in many ways to the Spotted,
but its call of wittachew, presence of a striped crown
and lack of spots identifies it.
These delightfully intelligent little birds
live very happily in close proximity to humans, provide there
are suitable nesting opportunities. The male Pardalote photographed
to the right has nested with his partner in a wall cavity
close to my very noisy back door. This family have lived here
well before I arrived and they have accepted me quite happily.
At the moment they are busy in the middle of breeding season.
The entrance to the nest is a small circular
hole, (obviously were a water pipe used to pass through) in
the exterior cement sheet cladding. On hearing the approaching
adult contact call the chicks chirp excitedly from within
the wall. The adults are seen flying in and out all day in
a vain attempt to satisfy the insatiable appetites of their
Last season was a good breeding season for my
winged neighbours. They were able to have two hatches of eggs.
I was delighted to see their first young, after leaving the
nest, come and help their parents raise the second batch of
With the end of breeding season and the onset
of winter, they desert their nest and fly away to parts unknown
off in search of food and warmer weather. However, one or
two of them must stay within the area for on occasion I get
a visit or hear one calling in the distance.
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to the Striated Pardalote call>>
Close perspective of a communicating pair of breeding Striated
Pardalote. South eastern form (Red Spotted) Race Ornatus
Recorded by John Soames, October 1999 - Stereo