You’re a Spotted Pardalote!

You don’t know you’re beautiful,
That’s what makes you beautiful

Shy, sweet, and utterly wholesome, you are sometimes underestimated by the people around you. Sure, you’re only small, but what you lack in size, you make up for with your stunning good looks, beautiful singing voice, and unexpected work ethic – hey, that nest-tunnel isn’t going to excavate itself!

You may work hard, but you also play hard, indulging your sweet tooth on tasty sap and bugs to keep your energy levels high, and for good reason – as a dedicated egalitarian, you and your partner share the workload of preparing a home and raising a family. After all, team work makes the dream work, as they say!

The Aussie Bird Count – October 16 – 22

Taking part in the bird count is easy. Just take a seat and admire the birds!

Spend 20 minutes in your backyard, local park, farm, balcony, or anywhere you can see birds, and tell us what you see in those 20 minutes. You can submit your count using the web form or the app – both come with a handy bird finder to help you identify what you see.

Count as often or as little as you like. Some people count multiple times per day, others only once or twice for the week. Every count helps.

More about the Spotted Pardalote

One of Australia’s smallest birds, the Spotted Pardalote builds its nest in a long horizontal tunnel dug into the soil of creek banks, the embankments of railway cuttings, quarries or similar suitable sites, and sometimes they even excavate tunnels in rabbit burrows, or potted plants in gardens. The nest itself is spherical, made from strips of bark, and built in a chamber at the end of the tunnel. Pardalotes are usually seen foraging in the crowns of eucalypt trees, where they pluck invertebrates, especially psillids, from the leaves.

How we’re helping: Birds in Backyards

Birds in Backyards is BirdLife Australia’s research, education and conservation program for the birds of our urban environments. With the rapid expansion of our urban landscape, small native birds have begun to disappear from our parks and gardens – but BirdLife is working to ensure our backyards never fall silent. Birds in Backyards is a great way for you to get involved at a local level – by participating in online surveys, learning more about Australian birds and their habitats and by creating bird-friendly spaces in your garden and local community.  

To learn more, visit: 

Other possible results

An illustration of a budgerigar, showing the head and shoulders. It is holding a teddy bear and wearing a little vest.

An illustration of a Superb Lyrebird. Its tail is wrapped around its neck like a feather boa, and it's holding a microphone

An illustration of an eastern curlew, a grey-brown bird with a long downcurving bill. It's wearing a hat, has a camera strapped to its chest, and is carrying a plate of worms and crabs

An illustration of an Australian White Ibis. They're sporting a plaid shirt, and holding a can of whale ale.

an illustration of a Southern Cassowary

an illustration of a swift parrot, showing the head and shoulders. It's wearing a triangle-print jumper, talking on a phone, and carrying a coffee

An illustration of a regent honeyeater. It's wearing a beanie, headphones, and a backpack, and carrying a book of song lyrics

An illustration of a Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo. It's wearing round spectacles, a striped shirt with suit jacket and a bowtie. It's holding a gramophone.

illustration of a Powerful Owl showing the head and shoulders. It's using a small weight to work out.

Download the Aussie Bird Count app