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I had all but given up finding these birds after three days of searching at tinderbox and on Bruny Island. Then by chance after getting on to the internet and searching for more information, I found three of these small rare birds.
The forty spotted Pardalote is one of the smallest birds in Australia and is threatened with extinction. It is found in suitable habitat in a few, scattered eastern and southern localities, including Maria Island, Bruny Island, Tinderbox and Flinders Island.
It lives live in dry eucalypt forests and woodlands only where white gum (Eucalyptus viminalis) occurs.
The Forty-spotted Pardalote belongs to a group known as ‘diamond birds’ because of their tiny, jewel-like appearance. Measuring about 90 – 100 mm, the body is light olive green with pale yellow around the eye and on the rump. The wings are black with distinctive white dots. Unlike its close relative, the spotted pardalote, there are no head markings.