forty-spotted pardalotes Tasmania

How to Help

 

Plant White Gums

If your property contains forty-spotted pardalotes or is near a known colony then:eucalyptus viminalis

  • Prevent the clearance of any mature white gum, either in stands, windbreaks or even single trees. Mature habitat is limited in all known colonies and its loss will cause local extinction of this species.
  • Retain mature white gum wherever it occurs, e.g. as wind-breaks, along fence lines, or as habitat clumps across your property.
  • Actively manage white gum woodland to encourage regeneration by limiting stock and protecting seedlings.
  • Reduce fuel loads by cool, winter, patchwork burning on an 10 to 14 year rotation interval. It is essential to prevent fire reaching the canopy of mature white gum. Likewise prevent firing more frequently than 10 to 14 years as this will lead to habitat degradation favouring more aggressive birds (e.g. noisy miners). Seek advice before burning.
  • Control the collection and cutting of firewood in or near colonies. Fallen limbs and logs with cavities are essential for nesting and take many years (50 to 80 yrs) to form.
  • If you manage land containing a colony of forty-spotted pardalotes, please consider establishing a wildlife sanctuary or placing a covenant on the white gum in and around colonies for its long-term protection. This could increase the value of your property for conservation purposes. A number of forestry wildlife priority areas are in place for this species which may be nearby or on the boundary of your property. These could be extended with your help. Consult the 1: 25 000 map sheets Adventure Bay and Fluted Cape. Linking properties to form large corridors of native bush and establishing Bushcare or Land for Wildlife networks can help reduce habitat fragmentation.
  • If white gum occurs naturally in the area, actively replant white gum in clumps wherever possible to provide future habitat. Seedlings are provided free for this purpose (contact the Threatened Species Unit for details). Download our guide Raising White Gums from Seed
  • All grassy dry forest and woodland containing white gum within a 3 km radius of a known colony should not be cleared prior to advice from the Threatened Species Unit. It may require a survey as this habitat represents the most likely for future expansion of the species.
  • All grassy dry forest containing white gum on Flinders Island potentially contains forty-spotted pardalotes and should be surveyed prior to any clearing. Please contact the Threatened Species Unit for advice.

Other Ways to Help

  • Cats will prey on adults and chicks in nests near the ground. Prohibit or restrain cats from all areas in or near pardalote colonies. This will help protect other native wildlife as well.
  • If you manage land with white gum in key areas, using binoculars and a field guide identify the pardalotes in your trees. Three species could be present. Care is needed to distinguish between adult and juvenile spotted and striated pardalotes. The best time is early in the breeding season from August to October before chicks emerge.

References:

Bryant, S. L. and Jackson, J. (1999). Tasmania’s Threatened Fauna Handbook: what, where and how to protect Tasmania’s threatened animals. Threatened Species Unit, Parks and Wildlife Service, Hobart.