On This DayAustralia
Saturday, 11 May 2013 (14/2013)
Commemorative Issue: Pardalotes Australian Birds
The name “pardalote” derives from the Greek word meaning spotted, as small whitish spots are common to the family, although most particularly to
the Spotted Pardalote and Forty-spotted Pardalote.
Pardalotes are small, around 8.5cm to 12cm, with short tails and wings, longish legs and thick stubby beaks. Their plumage combines both dull
and striking colours. They prefer a eucalypt habitat over anything else – often the high outer foliage – and they play a strong role in controlling lerp
infestations (a sap-sucking insect). These monogamous birds usually feed singly or in pairs during the breeding season, darting quickly among
the foliage or like small missiles from tree to tree. They often share in the tasks of nest building, egg incubation and rearing the young. Most species
nest in horizontal tunnels built into earth banks.
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.