Endemic to Australia, the Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) is the most common of the pardalote species and can be found throughout Australia, except for the most arid regions. With numerous populations, there are a number of subspecies, with some being migratory, whilst others remain in the same area throughout the year.
Whilst the plumage can be quite varied across the range of this species, they all have white eyebrows with a yellow spot in front of the eye. The Striated Pardalote has olive-grey back and white stripes in the wings.
A short-tailed bird, some of the variation in the plumage occur in the wing stripe, which may be narrow or wide, with the coloured spot at the front end of the stripe being red or yellow. In addition the black crown may have fine white stripes or be absent. Both male and female are similar in plumage. The immature birds resemble the adults, but are paler, especially on the crown and face.
The Striated Pardalotes can be found foraging in the foliage in the tops of trees, although in low shrubs, they do come close to the ground. They eat a wide variety of insects, their larvae and lerps.
During breeding season, the Striated Pardalotes will form pairs or small groups of up to six birds. The nest is often constructed close to the ground, in a tree hollow or tunnel, in an earthen bank. Both sexes incubate and care for the young, and other members of the group also help with feeding the young.
Pickwick, Wittachew, Chip-chip.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Aves
- Order: Passeriformes
- Family: Pardalotidae
- Genus: Pardalotus
- Species: P. striatus
- Binomial name: Pardalotus striatus