One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small short-billed Australian songbird related to the flowerpeckers, typically having white spots or streaks on the dark wings and crown.
Genus Pardalotus, family Dicaeidae (or Pardalotidae): several species
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Pardalotus, from Greek pardalōtos ‘spotted like a leopard’, based on pardos (see pard).
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