Spotted Pardalotes nest in the ground. They dig burrows in embankments and slopes, excavating a long tunnel and then building a small nest lined with grasses in a chamber at the end.
Birds build their nests with materials collected around the garden including twigs, bark, grass, cobwebs, fabrics, and even pet fur. Clumping grasses and groundcovers in the garden can provide natural nesting materials for nesting birds as well.
Spotted Pardalotes occasionally use nest boxes when available. Below is a template and some important considerations regarding nest boxes for Regent pardalotes.
Install the box on a tall tree close to the main trunk or a thick horizontal limb five meters or higher.
Position nest boxes away from direct afternoon sun.
Nest boxes are a long-term commitment and need maintenance and repair over time.
Never use metal wire inside a box. A wooden ladder or notches in the timber is much more suitable and won’t damage claws or talons.
Chipboard boxes degrade quickly and require replacement after a year of use.
Hardier untreated timber (Jarrah) is less prone to attack by fungi, bacteria, and microorganisms.
Do not use treated timber as this can emit fumes toxic to wildlife and their young.
Maintenance is critical to ensure any resident wildlife and their offspring remain safe.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Spotted Pardalotes feed on insects attracted to the garden. Plant small shrubs and clumping grasses to provide foraging habitat in the garden. They also hunt for insects living in the canopies of native trees including Marria, Jarrah, Tuart, and Peppermint trees.
Providing sources of water
Spotted Pardalotes prefer to live near water. A shallow bird bath is a great spot to see these birds banter in the garden. Bird baths can be hazardous for small birds. Partially submerged rocks or logs can provide a safer avenue to exit the water incase they fall in.
Bird baths can be hung from prominent branches or in the forks of trees. This can provide a safe place for birds to drink away from cats and dogs.
Small songbirds help to control pest species within the ecosystem. Visit BirdLife Australia to learn more about our native birds of prey. If you have seen one in your neighbourhood or around the home you can record your sighting on Birdata and help scientists monitor their population