Forty Spotted Pardalotes
The Forty-spotted Pardalote is one of Australia’s rarest birds. Tasmania is home to three species of pardalote; the spotted pardalote Pardalotus punctatus, the striated pardalote Pardalotus striatus and the forty-spotted pardalote Pardalotus quadragintus.
The spotted and striated pardalotes are common and widespread throughout much of Australia. They have similar behaviour patterns to the forty-spotted pardalote and are often found in white gums, but unlike the forty-spotted, they are not dependent on white gum for survival.
Forty-spotted pardalotes are found only in forests and woodland containing white gum. They are endemic to Tasmania and are listed as an endangered species at both a federal and state level. The Forty-spotted Pardalote can be found in fragmented populations in south-eastern Tasmania and on Flinders, Bruny and Maria Islands.