Extract from the book ‘AUSTRALIAN BIRDS’ by Robin Hill:
ISBN 17 001704 4 Copyright 1967 Thomas Nelson (Australia) Ltd.SPOTTED PARDALOTES, Pardalotus punctatus, are distributed throughout most of eastern Australia down to south-eastern South Australia and Tasmania. There is a separate population in Western Australia from about Moora to the Stirling Ranges. Usually in pairs, but sometimes in small parties, these tiny birds largely frequent the outer foliage of tall trees. Observation.of them is fairly difficult, even through binoculars, as they often appear as little more than silhouettes. Their varied diet is obtained from the leaves and twigs. Scale insects are a favourite food; thrips, lerps, spiders, moths and many others are also taken. Thus the pardalotes are useful in taking many insects injurious to the trees. A somewhat ventriloquial and monotonous call note is uttered, sounding like ‘slee-ep, ba-bee’, high-pitched on the first two syllables, the second two a semi-tone lower. A nest of bark-fibres and similar material is placed at the end of a tunnel that the birds have excavated, usually in a bank, but sometimes in the flat ground. Nests may also be found in a stump-hole or a hole in a tree. Both sexes help in the tunnel excavation, which may be up to two feet long, and the subsequent building, brooding and feeding duties are also shared. Four white eggs are laid, and the breeding season is from August to December.
If you have a sighting in Beaumaris to report, please e-mail the place, date and number of birds to firstname.lastname@example.org See the July 2001 report of the sighting of a large flock around the top of one of the remaining tall River Red Gums in Anita Street, Beaumaris.