Southern Downs BirdsSpotted Pardalote Striated Pardalote Superb Fairy-wren

One of the smallest of the Australian birds at 8 to 10 centimetres in length, the Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is considered moderately common in various parts of Australia (especially the east coast, the south-east, and the south-west corner of Australia).

The Spotted Pardalote male (Yellow Throat) pictured here, presented himself outside our loungeroom window. He seemed to be interested in insects attached to the glass (or maybe its reflection).

Male Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) © Marc Newman
Male Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

The following male Spotted Pardalote from 2018, where it was nesting in a soil bank created by a flood.

Male Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) © Marc Newman
Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), Southern Downs QLD © Marc Newman
Nesting Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) © Marc Newman
Nesting Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus), Ballandean QLD © Marc Newman

More photographs of the nesting Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus).

Check out our section on Birds > Pardalotes > Spotted Pardalote


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Subphylum: Vertebrata
  • Informal: Gnathostomata
  • Class: Aves
  • Order: Passeriformes
  • Suborder: Passeri
  • Informal: Corvida
  • Family: Pardalotidae
  • Genus: Pardalotus
  • Subgenus: infrageneric Pardalotus
  • Species: Pardalotus punctatus
Male Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) © Marc Newman
Male Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) with crane fly © Marc Newman

Footnote & References

  1. Birds from all over but mostly Ballandean, QLD © Marc Newman, Flickr, https://flickr.com/photos/koolbee/albums/72157631986487594
  2. Pardalotus (Pardalotus) punctatus (Shaw, 1792), Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/5254fe03-630b-44b2-9233-df51a7b8f25f
  3. Spotted Pardalote, Pardalotus punctatus, BirdLife Australia, https://www.birdlife.org.au/bird-profile/spotted-pardalote

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