Striated Pardalote chicks in Aranda 29-1-14

To: "'John Harris'" <>
Subject: Striated Pardalote chicks in Aranda 29-1-14
From: "Peter Ormay" <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 13:18:37 +1100

Hello John,

I heard chicks cheeping faintly when I put my ear near the pardalotes’ nest box after an adult went in this morning.


I watched the nest box 10.44am to 10.55am. Adults went in at 1 to 4min intervals and stayed in 15 to 65 secs. While the adults were coming and going 3 other Striated Pardalotes were hovering around and inspecting the nest box.


The nest box consists of a section of hollow log 27cm long and 11cm outside dia. The inside dia averages about 9cm wide with the walls 1 to 1.5cm thick. The entrance is through a piece of plywood with a 25mm hole (to exclude sparrows) tacked over a natural hole in the side near one end. (I and my son who is pretty smartphone savvy can’t download pics from my Aldi’s Clarion smartphone otherwise I’d attach one).



From: Peter Ormay [
Sent: Saturday, 25 January 2014 9:48 AM
To: 'John Harris'
Cc: 'COG_Mailing_List ; 'John Brown'
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Striated Pardalotes inspecting hollow in a White Gum


Hello John,

I have an active Striated Pardalote hollow under my eaves. A pardalote went in about 8.30am today and stayed in for 5min+. I’ll let you know if I hear cheeping from it in the coming weeks.



From: John Harris [m("","john.harris");">]
Sent: Sunday, 19 January 2014 3:20 PM
To: John Brown; COG_Mailing_List (m("","canberrabirds");">)
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Striated Pardalotes inspecting hollow in a White Gum


A bit late but could be second breeding. Last Year, the pardalotes on my granddaughter’s back verandah lost their first brood . For unknown reasons the young were found dead on the ground. Within a couple of weeks they were breeding again, this time successfully.

Yes, before people jump in, I know they might not have been the same ones but they have been coming for years. Anyway, even if they were a different breeding pair, it was still in January. 


John Harris

Rev Dr John Harris,

36 Kangaroo Close,

Nicholls, ACT 2913


P: 61-(0)2-62418472




From: John Brown <m("","jb2904");">>
Date: Sunday, 19 January 2014 2:21 pm
To: "COG_Mailing_List (m("","canberrabirds");">)" <m("","canberrabirds");">>
Subject: [canberrabirds] Striated Pardalotes inspecting hollow in a White Gum



This morning I observed a group of 4 striated pardalotes, of which at least 2 were inspecting a hole in a what I think was a White Gum on Bruce Ridge. It seems a bit late to start breeding doesn't it? Although the guide does say September to February. None of the birds fully entered the hollow. Maybe they were just feeding? I wondered if it was a family of four. However, they all appeared to be adults birds.. The birds that I photographed visiting the hole all appear to be 2+ adults, and would have thought the young would disperse soon after fledging?






John Brown



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