There are many stunningly beautiful tiny birds in nature. They look so chubby and fluffy and have unique plumage. These coats can’t be found in other species in their family, making these birds conspicuous wherever they appear. They are small but have the charisma to make the world keep their eyes on them.
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The spotted pardalote is one of these outstanding birds. It has a pale cinnamon breast, bright yellow throat, and white polka dots on the black cap. Meanwhile, its upperparts are black flecked with white spots on the wings and tail. A breathtaking flying gem!
Just look! This species also has white eyeliners and gray cheeks, making it more adorable.
You can watch the video of these stunning birds below!
Regarding the female, she is duller than the male with finer spotting.
Spotted pardalote birds are about 8 to 10 centimeters long, making them one of the smallest of all Australian birds. They are commonly found in the east coast, southeast, and southwest corner of the Australian continent.
They prefer living in eucalyptus forests and woodlands. But they are sometimes seen in parks and gardens with well-developed eucalypt canopy.
This beautiful species feeds mainly on insects, especially psyllids that exude a sugary extract. If they find leaves that have a similar substance, they also add them to their diet.
The breeding season of the spotted pardalote starts in August and ends in September. It may even last to December or January.
After finding mates, the female builds her nest inside horizontal tunnels that she digs into a roadside berm or eroded streambanks. She then lays eggs in her nest and incubates them for 19 days. She continues to feed the hatchlings until fully-fledged, about 21 days.
If you love this striking bird, just share it with family and friends. Nature is amazing!
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