Family Pardalotes (Pardalotidae)


Forty-spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus)


French: Pardalote de Tasmanie German: Tasmanpanthervogel Spanish: Pardalote tasmano

Pardalotus quadragintus


, 1838,

“Van Diemen’s Land” = Tasmania


Single specimen from King I (W Bass Strait) named as race rex, but indistinguishable from birds elsewhere in range. Monotypic.


Remnant populations in E Bass Strait (Flinders I) and SE Tasmania, mainly on Maria I and Bruny I, also mainland (Tinderbox Peninsula, Howden, Coningham, Southport).

Descriptive notes

8·5–11 cm; 9–13 g. Tiny passerine with short square tail and short deep bill; lacks pronounced vivid coloration of congeners. Has forehead, crown and most... read more


Far less conspicuous voice than those of congeners, but larger repertoire. Moderately loud and... read more


Restricted to coastal and subcoastal eucalypt (Eucalyptus) forests and woodlands,... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous, but diet comprises principally lerps (the carbohydrate-rich cover of some psyllid insects) and manna (sugary exudate... read more


Sept–Jan; two broods per season probably common. Monogamous. Nest built by both sexes, a compact dome or cup constructed mainly from... read more


Limited data; probably sedentary, but some localized post-breeding dispersal possible. Periods of... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restrictedrange species: present in Tasmania EBA. Has tiny global range and small total population, estimated at 3000–4000 individuals. Distribution is... read more

Recommended citation

Woinarski, J. (2019). Forty-spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 May 2019).