Nesting pardalotes

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Subject: Nesting pardalotes
From: Don Fletcher <>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2017 07:20:15 +0000


Pardelotes have nested under our eaves for ~ 35 years on and off in a cylindrical box which sits, not attached, in the angle where a downpipe meets the wall.  It has a 28mm entrance hole.  Predators which could get to the outside of the box such as currawongs or sugar gliders are unable to reach the pardelotes through a hole of that size.  A perch I provided appears superfluous as the pardelotes fly directly in and out.




Don Fletcher

0428 48 9990


From: Julian Robinson
Sent: Wednesday, 10 May 2017 4:10 PM
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Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Nesting pardalotes


Having watched thornbills successfully nest in the old Mugga Lane zoo by building their nests inside a chicken-wire enclosure, and similar to Philip’s idea, I’d suggest the easiest solution for the cats (but not the ants) would be to use chicken wire, probably about the size recommended by Nick – 26mm. 


Boxes, sleepers etc with small holes are not safe unless the area around — the ‘perch and enter’ zone — is also protected.


Some friends made very simple successful nest boxes used by Striated Pardalotes, which should work for Spotteds, by hanging a piece of PVC pipe horizontally, out of reach but under cover.  The pipe was about 8cm diameter, closed at one end with a perch sticking out at the front.  The pardalotes furnished the interior.  Covering the opening with said chicken-wire could secure against avian predators.





From: [m("","rodsgardening");">]
Sent: Tuesday, 9 May 2017 10:03 AM
To: calyptorhynchus .; Canberra Birds
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Nesting pardalotes


A mate of mine had pardalotes nesting in his garden a few years back. He had railway sleepers as garden edging and the birds used a spike hole in one of the sleepers as a nest entrance. Unfortunately it wasn't cat proof and at least one of the birds fell victim to the felines. There has been no sign of any nesting attempts since. Cheers Rod


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From: "calyptorhynchus ." <>
To: "Canberra Birds" <>
Subject: Nesting pardalotes
Date: Mon, May 8, 2017 16:38


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.
John Leonard
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
> hole.
> 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
> John
> 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.
> net/sites/
> 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.
> Joan
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