Although common, this species frequently passes unnoticed because it spends most of its time near the top of the trees. Seen closely, it is a striking bird. The male has fine white spots on the black crown and wings, a yellow throat and undertail coverts, and a reddish chestnut rump. The female is duller, with an off-white throat and cream spots on the crown. The most obvious indication of its presence is the frequently repeated, somewhat bell-like ‘sleep babee’. This pardalote can be found in most wooded habitats, including suburban parks. The nest is made in a tunnel in a earth bank.