Striated Pardalotes

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Subject: Striated Pardalotes
From: "Lawrie Conole" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 19:44:11 +1000
On Saturday, Chris Tzaros and I were strolling around the
Toolangi/Murrundindi area of the Central Highlands near Melbourne.  In one
area of riparian forest (a strip left beside a big clear-fell coupe), we
became aware of a strange tapping sound - lots of it.  It turned out to be a
big flock of Striated Pardalotes (and a few Spotted) lerping.  The sound of
the birds pecking lerps from leaves was quite audible, and with 30+ of them
doing it in a small area was quite an interesting percussive effect.  The
other thing of interest was that the Striated Pardalotes were of the
migratory Tasmanian form - the Yellow-tipped Pardalote _Pardalotus striatus

Has anyone else had the pleasure of hearing the massed percussion of feeding
pardalotes?  .... and, how many others have noticed Yellow-tipped Pardalotes
on the mainland this winter, and where?


PS:  Other birds reciorded were as follows.  Species richness low, but
enjoyment high - despite the Pilotbirds refusing to show themselves to
would-be-twitcher Chris!

Crimson Rosella                      Platycercus elegans
Laughing Kookaburra                  Dacelo novaeguineae
Superb Lyrebird                      Menura novaehollandiae
White-throated Treecreeper           Cormobates leucophaeus
Red-browed Treecreeper               Climacteris erythrops
Superb Fairy-wren                    Malurus cyaneus
Spotted Pardalote                    Pardalotus punctatus
Striated Pardalote                   Pardalotus striatus
Pilotbird                            Pycnoptilus floccosus
White-browed Scrubwren               Sericornis frontalis
Brown Thornbill                      Acanthiza pusilla
Striated Thornbill                   Acanthiza lineata
Lewin's Honeyeater                   Meliphaga lewinii
White-eared Honeyeater               Lichenostomus leucotis
White-naped Honeyeater               Melithreptus lunatus
Crescent Honeyeater                  Phylidonyris pyrrhoptera
Eastern Spinebill                    Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris
Eastern Yellow Robin                 Eopsaltria australis
Eastern Whipbird                     Psophodes olivaceus
Varied Sittella                      Daphoenositta chrysoptera
Golden Whistler                      Pachycephala pectoralis
Grey Shrike-thrush                   Colluricincla harmonica
Grey Currawong                       Strepera versicolor
Mistletoebird                        Dicaeum hirundinaceum

24 species

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