Pardalotes (Pardalotidae)

Striated Pardalote (Pardalotus striatus) - HBW 13, p. 401

French: Pardalote à point jaune German: Streifenpanthervogel Spanish: Pardalote Estriado
Other common names: (Striated) Diamond-bird; Black-headed Pardalote (N races); Northern Pardalote (uropygialis); Eastern (Striated) Pardalote, Red-tipped/Orange-tipped Pardalote (ornatus); Yellow-tipped Pardalote (striatus)

Taxonomy: Pipra striata J. F. Gmelin, 1789, “in America australi”; error = Adventure Bay, Tasmania.
Geographical variation in plumage patterning complex, and has led to various taxonomic treatments. At times, nominate race, substriatus and ornatus treated as three separate species, with N races uropygialis, melvillensis and melanocephalus combined as a fourth species; further, race uropygialis has sometimes been proposed as an additional species. Treatment of all races as representatives of a single variable species now considered more appropriate, as substantial evidence exists of interbreeding and intermediates where races come into cont.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Pipra striata J. F. Gmelin, 1789, “in America australi”; error = Adventure Bay, Tasmania.
Geographical variation in plumage patterning complex, and has led to various taxonomic treatments. At times, nominate race, substriatus and ornatus treated as three separate species, with N races uropygialis, melvillensis and melanocephalus combined as a fourth species; further, race uropygialis has sometimes been proposed as an additional species. Treatment of all races as representatives of a single variable species now considered more appropriate, as substantial evidence exists of interbreeding and intermediates where races come into contact. Other proposed races include: bowensis (CE Queensland) and barroni (Cairns, N Queensland), synonymized with melanocephalus; and restrictus (Jardine R, N Queensland), synonymized with uropygialis. Six subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • uropygialis Gould, 1840 - N Western Australia E to N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).
  • melvillensis Mathews, 1912 - Tiwi Is (off Northern Territory), in N Australia.
  • melanocephalus Gould, 1838 - NE Australia from NC Queensland (foot of Cape York Peninsula) S to NE New South Wales.

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  • uropygialis Gould, 1840 - N Western Australia E to N Queensland (Cape York Peninsula).
  • melvillensis Mathews, 1912 - Tiwi Is (off Northern Territory), in N Australia.
  • melanocephalus Gould, 1838 - NE Australia from NC Queensland (foot of Cape York Peninsula) S to NE New South Wales.
  • substriatus Mathews, 1912 - much of W & C Australia (except N parts, deserts and Nullarbor Plain).
  • ornatus Temminck, 1826 - SE Australia.
  • striatus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - breeds Bass Strait islands and Tasmania; non-breeding E & SE Australia.