Forty-spotted Pardalotes – forest birds, Pardalotus quadragintus

Forty-spotted Pardalote

The rare Forty-spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus) is confined to the south-east corner of Tasmania, where it is mostly found on Maria Island.

It measures about 9 to 10cm in length.

The plumage is mostly llight olive green above and grey underneath, but with striking black wings with white spots.

It forages in the foliage of the manna gum, and usually nests in tree-hollows rather than tunnels.


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