'Yellow-tipped Pardalote' in Campbell Park

To: "'calyptorhynchus .'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: 'Yellow-tipped Pardalote' in Campbell Park
From: "Mark Clayton" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:58:33 +1000

John, Con,


The Tasmanian yellow-tipped race (striatus) of the Striated Pardalote Pardalotus striatus is a regular winter visitor to the ACT and district. It is often associated with the other two races, ornatus and substriatus at this time of year. If you check with Dick Schodde’s and Ian Mason’s 1999 Directory of Australian Birds you will find that ornatus essentially breeds east of the Great Dividing Range, while substriatus breeds west of the Divide. During winter the three local races move over the whole of south-eastern Australia. The two mainland races in our area have an orange-red tip and are best told apart by the amount of white edging to the last few flight feathers – ornatus has a generally three primaries edged white while substriatus can have white up to the eighth primary. This is hard to see if you don’t have the bird in the hand.


The Tasmanian race is only slightly larger than the two local mainland races but again this would be hard to pick in the field. We sometimes catch and band reasonable numbers all three races together at The Charcoal Tank Nature Reserve near West Wyalong at this time of year. Last weekend Striated Pardalotes were reasonably common at CT but they were staying in the treetops. I have had good numbers passing through my Kaleen garden over the last month or so but I haven’t been out to check which races.





From: calyptorhynchus . [
Sent: Tuesday, 15 July 2014 7:12 AM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] 'Yellow-tipped Pardalote' in Campbell Park




I have noted the Tasmanian yellow-tipped form as a winter visitor in the ACT two or three times over the past decade, including once at Campbell Park. I fancy that they are slightly larger, slightly yellower and with a slightly different jizz. The ones I have seen have been solitary.


John Leonard


On 14 July 2014 19:27, Con Boekel <> wrote:

While checking today's haul of images I noticed that the only Striated Pardalote had a yellow wing spot. Checking in Simpson and Day, I take this to be Pardalotus striatus striatus which is a winter visitor these parts from Tasmania. Going through some old images of a breeding Striated Pardalote in the ANBG, I noted that it had an orange wing spot. But the orange spotted pardalote might possibly belong to several subspecies...

Happy to stand corrected should this be jumping to the wrong conclusions.


John Leonard

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