Tasmania has three very similar species of pardalote, the spotted pardalote Pardalotus punctatus, the striated pardalote Pardalotus striatus and the forty-spotted pardalote Pardalotus quadragintus. The spotted and striated pardalotes are common and widespread across the State. They have similar behaviour patterns to the forty-spotted pardalote and are often found in white gums, though are not dependent on white gum for survival.
Forty-spotted pardalotes are found only in forests and woodland containing white gum. They are listed as an endangered species at both a federal and state level.