At the Nimbin Hardware and Building supplies last Thursday, two tiny unfeathered chicks were discovered in a pile of sand by workers, the tunnel leading into the nest had collapsed exposing the chicks. The chicks were warm and uninjured.
Hawk and his work colleague set up a new tunnel using a section of poly pipe; this tunnel was big enough to support the nest so that the sand wouldn’t collapse around it.
WIRES volunteer Natalie, trained in avian care, responded to the call to WIRES, and was quickly on the scene to assess the situation.
Hawk and his workmate had done a wonderful job reconstructing the nest and tunnel; they had also set up a barrier so the nest wouldn’t be disturbed.
Nat observed an adult bird fly out of the poly pipe, it was a Striated Pardalote, the chicks were being fed, and they were going to be okay.
Image by Lachlan Cooper
Striated Pardalotes are found across most of Australia. They are generally heard before seen high in the foliage of eucalypt and wattle trees as they search the leaves for tiny invertebrates.
Pardalotes nests in earthen banks, in this case a pile of sand. Both adult birds excavate the nesting site and together build a cup shaped domed nest of grasses and bark fibre, this is then lined with feathers.
A clutch of 3 to 5 eggs is laid with both adult birds incubating the eggs and then sharing the feeding of the chicks. The chicks fledge after approx. 21 days and are completely independent 1 week after fledging.
The Striated Pardalote is an exquisite little bird and thanks to Hawk and his work colleagues these little birds have been given a second chance.