I've put a variety of containers around the place for many years but had no
Pardalotes nesting (that we know of). They do come every July-August and
investigate every unsuitable and vulnerable nook (but never look at my
containers) for a few days.
On 8 May 2017 at 16:34, John Harris <> wrote:
> The answer is to provide raised nesting ‘boxes’ . Pardalotes do nest in
> banks in the wild and may be attracted to compost heaps but they also nest
> in small tree hollows. In my daughter’s place in Palmerston they nest every
> year in a hanging flower pot. It has an attached saucer and they get in
> through the space between the saucer and the pot and have burrowed into the
> soil. They will nest in brick wall cavities etc etc if there is a little
> They like a small tunnel entrance leading to a well insulated space
> (especially in cold Canberra).
> It should not be hard to make a nesting box which provides that. You don’t
> need to be a professional. They need a bit of a tunnel as small as 3 cm
> diameter leading to a nest area half full of dry grass, bark strips etc for
> insulation, especially in Canberra. I think you could even make one out of
> a covered plastic flower pot with a cut off scrap of 30mm PVC pipe. If I
> were doing it, I would fix it in a tree or even high on the outer edge of a
> verandah and face the hole away from prevailing wind and bright light at
> night. I have thought of doing it but haven’t got around to it. Besides, my
> daughter’s hanging basket works just fine. Cheers
> From: "David McDonald (personal)" <>
> Date: Monday, 8 May 2017 at 4:04 PM
> To: chatline <>
> Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Nesting pardalotes
> BLA has specs for nest boxes, incl http://www.birdsinbackyards.
> 20Pardalote_0.pdf - a 30 mm entrance hole is what they recommend -
> regards - David
> On 8/05/2017 1:51 PM, Joan Lipscombe wrote:
> A friend has sought advice about how he can protect his Spotted Pardalotes
> from predators when nesting in his garden. One nest in his compost heap
> was predated by a cat, another, in a pile of soil, was attacked by ants.
> He wondered if an nesting box buried in his compost heap with just the
> entrance showing would work. It might help withe the cats, but presumably
> not the ants. Does anyone know what size opening would be right for the
> pardalotes ( I presume it would have to be a certain size to attract
> them). Any thoughts, suggestions appreciated.
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