Re: flock of Spotted Pardalotes, NH Honeyeaters

Subject: Re: flock of Spotted Pardalotes, NH Honeyeaters
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 1998 13:57:10
At 09:05 AM 3/6/98 +0800, you wrote:
>John Leonard wrote :
>>In the back-yard this morning I saw a flock of
>>about 30 Spotted Pardalotes, nearly all of which
>>were very young birds. There were also a couple of
>>adults and a few Striateds (adults and juveniles).
>>I've never seen such a large number of Spotted
>>together before, and I've never seen a 'nursery
>>flock' before either. Has anyone seen anything
>>similar to this?
>A few times I have seen large flocks of Striated Pardalotes in the south
>west of Western Australia.  On one occasion (from memory on a tour by Simon
>Nevill in April/May 1997?) I was at Dryandra State Forest near Narrogin
>(about 2 hours SE of Perth).  Light drizzle began.  A dead wandoo became
>alive with birds.  They were all Striated Pardalotes fanning their wings to
>wash.  There were at least 50 in the one tree.  I didn't notice whether
>they were adults or juveniles.
>    These comments reminded me of last Nov./Dec. when I saw about 80 New
Holland Honeyeaters in a feeding (?) frenzy.  They were all calling loudly
as they 
chased each other and fed in the numerous Grevillia spp. were had in our
 They were a mixture of adults and juveniles.


Peter Pfeiffer
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Flinders University of  South Australia
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