A tiny bird 8-10cm long that is most often high in a eucalypt canopy, so it is more often detected by its characteristic call. The wings, tail and head of the male are black and covered with small, distinct white spots. Males have a pale eyebrow, a yellow throat and a red rump. Females are similar but have less distinct markings.
Spotted Pardalotes are rarely observed in the Leichhardt area. These birds are quite distinctive, but when seen from a distance may be mistaken for other small bird species such as the Superb Fairy-wren, Red-browed Finch and Silvereye.
More information on Spotted Pardalotes at Wikipedia.