The tiny jewel-like Spotted pardalote is a fairly common bird in the forests and woodland of eastern and southern Australia. Usually seen in the canopy feeding on insects such as 'lerps', a type of scale insect that infests the leaves of Eucalyptus. Note how well it blends in size and form with the leaves as it hunts among them. Also shown is one of those rare moments when one of these little birds (8-10 cm long) stands still and gives itself a bit of a groom. Filmed in southern NSW and the ACT. In eastern and southern Australia it is found with the Striated Pardalote see vimeo.com/82544328

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