The forty-spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus), is a small passerine bird measuring 9 – 10 cm in length and weighing approximately 10 g. Individuals are generally olive green in colour and pale yellow around the eye, cheek and on the rump. The wings are black with characteristic white spots. The species does not exhibit any apparent size or colour dimorphism between the sexes however males produce a diagnostic mating call during the breeding season. The forty-spotted pardalote can be distinguished from the co-occurring striated pardalote (P. striatus) and spotted pardalote (P. punctatus) as it has no head markings and a duller body colour. It is also said to behave relatively more shyly than the other pardalote species.
Forty-spotted Pardalote |
Status: Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
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Australian Government, Conservation Advice, Pardalotus quadragintus
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