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Extract from the book 'AUSTRALIAN BIRDS' by Robin Hill:
001704 4 Copyright 1967 Thomas Nelson (
SPOTTED PARDALOTES, Pardalotus
punctatus, are distributed throughout most
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.
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