Family Pardalotes (Pardalotidae)

Least Concern

Red-browed Pardalote (Pardalotus rubricatus)


French: Pardalote à sourcils rouges German: Rotbrauen-Panthervogel Spanish: Pardalote cejirrojo

Pardalotus rubricatus


, 1838,

“Australia” = New South Wales


Races intergrade in NW Queensland. Other proposed races include parryi (N Western Australia), which is merged with nominate; and carpentariae (subhumid zone of NW Queensland), merged with yorki. Two subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. r. rubricatus Gould, 1838 – inland N & C Australia S to SC Western Australia, NE South Australia (L Eyre region) and SW New South Wales.
  • P. r. yorki Mathews, 1913 – N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11·5 cm; 9–14 g. Tiny, attractively patterned passerine with short square-cut tail and short deep bill. Male nominate race has black cap with distinct... read more


    Loud ­simple song of 2–6 syllables, “do doo-doo-doo-doo-doo”, lasting 1... read more


    Wide range of woodlands and open forests, especially riparian woodland dominated by eucalypts (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet poorly known; consists mainly of invertebrates. Arboreal; forages mostly in foliage, typically of eucalypts, but also including other... read more


    Recorded in all months, mostly Aug–Oct. Nest built by both sexes, cup-shaped and substantial, mostly of bark, lining of grass stems... read more


    Little known; resident in much of range.  

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Generally common throughout its extensive range. Can be elusive; often detected more readily by means of its voice than by direct observation.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Woinarski, J. (2019). Red-browed Pardalote (Pardalotus rubricatus). 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 21 May 2019).