… and the breeding continues

by Patrick Kavanagh

One of the Pardalote nesting boxes at our place is hosting its fifth batch of Striated Pardalote nestlings this season. I thought this was remarkable enough, but as I was taking some photos of the adults bringing in food for the nestlings, another party of Striated Pardalotes came to check out the nest box. Soon the parents arrived back at the nest and there was quite a commotion with about 8-10 birds vigorously contesting the tree with much calling, advancing and spreading of wings. The parents prevailed, but they were interrupted by the intruders several more times during the day.

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Striated Pardalote, Strangways, 27th February 2015.

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7 responses to “… and the breeding continues

  1. What’s with the spotted heads? I’ve not noticed that before on striateds.

  2. Hi,
    Do you have a post showing details of the the nest box set up? Tried the search option but could not find anything.

    Cheers

    Alan

  3. What is the nest box / tube composed of and how high off the ground is it located? It’s obviously working well!

  4. The box is about 2 metres off the ground. They seem to like this one in particular as it gets good shade all day. We have a few other boxes that have been used in the past, but we might move them to shadier spots given the competition for this one all though summer. The tube is plastic pipe with 30 mm internal diameter. Roughing up the inside with sandpaper helps them get in if the box is on a slope.

  5. Dad uses postie tubes set under the eaves, the critical element seems to be the size of the entry hole, it needs to be just that bit smaller than a sparrow can get in or they get vicious and kill any Pardalote babies and empty out any eggs. They do seem to prefer the cooler spots but also will take to one nest and ignore another. Lovely things. 🙂

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