Kelly is also opposed to introducing devils to Maria Island on ecological grounds--the island is home to other threatened species, such as the forty-spotted pardalote
, one of the smallest birds in Australia.
He wanted to describe the fine perfection of the markings on a spotted pardalote
, the plummeting rush of a peregrine falcon or the steady majesty of a soaring wedge-tailed eagle climbing in a great, sweeping curve, rocking a little, in a fierce mountain updraught.
The birds of the Australian mediterraneans account for 36% of Australia's terrestrial bird species, including the honey eaters (Meliphagidae), psittacids, such as parrots and cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus), thornbills (Acanthazidae), whistlers (Pachycephala and monarchs [Monarcha]), fly-catching muscicapids, wrens (Malurus), pied butcher bird (Cracticus nigrogularis), and pardalote
By the end of the ten years, the canopy still had not recovered, and sightings of the canopy insectivores Spotted Pardalote
Pardalotus punctatus, Striated Pardalote
Pardalotus striatus and Grey Fantail Rhipidura albiscapa (which forages through all strata including tall shrubs, making aerial captures) and large seed-eaters, Ganggang Cockatoo Callocephalon fimbriatum and Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans, were rare.
The presence of the Emu-Wren, Stipiturus malachurus, Shaw, the Orange-tipped Pardalote
, Pardalotus assimilis, Ramsay, and the Mistletoe-bird, Dicaeum hirundinaceum, Shaw, upon the island is also of interest.
But it does offer a lifeline to young eucalypts and acacias, silver with green growth despite the drought, refuges for pardalotes
, thornbills, silver-eyes, magpies scanning their territory, weebills, red-capped robins, even western spinebills, and when the mistletoe is out on the jam trees, the mistletoe birds.
Many other species of birds such as pardalotes
, weebills and honeyeaters include lerps as part of their diet.