January 11, 2015 – Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus)

Found in all but the driest areas of Australia, these small birds spend much of their time foraging for insects in the canopies of eucalyptus trees. Averaging about 3.5 inches (9 cm) long, they can be difficult to spot. Their plumage varies significantly throughout their range, but males and females look similar. Spending most of their time in small flocks, they raise their chicks in pairs or groups of up to six. Their nests are usually built in small hollows or crevices close to the ground.