9 comments on “Where Have the Pardolotes Gone? – The Spotted and Striated Pardolote.

  1. Wow, I had no idea that the miner birds ensured they had plenty of food by not only protecting it from possible thieves but also found a way to increase their food supply. I have seen a striated pardalote once in Queensland, such a tiny cute bird, and was sad to hear that it can become a victim of the miners.

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    • Thanks Sue, yes it is sad how many birds attack the little Pardolotes, they are such beautiful little birds. Yes the MIners are regular entrepreneurs, harvesting their crop of Lerps, but sadly some trees die as a result because the Pardolote is a tree saving bird which eats the larvae which infects the gum leaf.

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  2. Thanks David, yes being so small is to their advantage, but with the very aggressive Miner control of our residential areas Pardies are never seen. Even Kookaburras keep to down the street as I think our local Miner coalition is so brutal. Clearing and moving soil by humans has become one of the major factors to their demise beside other honeyeaters and bird eating raptors. I have seen a raptor with a Spotted Pardolote in its claw, it so saddened me. We miss seeing them in our local reserve, where I got many of my Spotted pics. We had a 9 km walk in our local Nasho Park early this morning, it was such a beautiful experience and a great way to finish our stay-cation as my wife goes back to work Monday. 🙂

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  3. Hello Ashley, A most interesting read, and a beaut look at the little birds in their favourite habitat. Hiding among the leaves.
    For us of course the summer nesting season for the Spotted is well over. Think we missed some of the best time during the lockdown.
    I often ponder that due to their small size, they are easily able to work in gardens and parks without being noticed by the average visitor. Late last year we had located a nesting pair in an ornamental garden, but regrettably the gardeners cleared the beds in prep for their summer flowers and we never found the pair again.

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