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Large-billed Gerygone

(Gerygone magnirostris)
Alternate name(s): "Large-billed Warbler", "Large-billed Bush-warbler", "Large-billed Flyeater", "Brown-breasted Flyeater", "Floodbird*"
Size: 10.5-11.5 cm
Weight: 5-8 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Large-billed Gerygone at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "magnirostris"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Large-billed Gerygone (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Near-frontal view of a Large-billed Gerygone; note the reddish-brown irises
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a Large-billed Gerygone; this is one of the owners of the nest shown below (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Near-lateral view of a Large-billed Gerygone
[East Point, Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Near-lateral view of a Large-billed Gerygone (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Lateral view of a Large-billed Gerygone (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, August 2012]

Close-up lateral view of a Large-billed Gerygone (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Ventral view of a Large-billed Gerygone (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone - note the brown irises (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Frontal view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone, different posture - note the brown irises (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone, different posture - note the brown irises (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone, different posture - note the brown irises (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone, different posture - note the brown irises (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Frontal view of a Large-billed Gerygone; the brown iris and the yellow tinge to eye-ring and throat patch suggest that this is a juvenile bird, probably younger than the bird shown above (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Frontal view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone studying the observer (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Lateral view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone hanging head down off a branch (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Near-dorsal view of a Large-billed Gerygone (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Coomalie Creek, 90 km south of Darwin, NT, June 2018]

Ventral view of a juvenile Large-billed Gerygone (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Charles Darwin NP, Darwin, NT, February 2018]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Sep - Apr Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 12 - 14 days Fledging age: ?

Nest building: Female & male Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Domed hanging bottle Material: Bark strips, lichen, leaves Height above ground: 1 - ? m

Large-billed Gerygone nests are often built above water. They look untidy, possibly on purpose, resembling flood debris, rather than a nest in use. The nest with its tendrils can be up to 80 cm long.

Large-billed Gerygone nest in an intertidal wetland (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Overview of the location of a Large-billed Gerygone nest in an intertidal wetland - at high tide the nest is above the water's edge (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Overview of the location of a Large-billed Gerygone nest in an intertidal wetland - at low tide the nest is above dry ground (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Large-billed Gerygone carrying nesting material (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Large-billed Gerygone carrying nesting material (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Botanic Garden, Darwin, NT, March 2018]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 17 x 13 mm Colour: Creamy with copious rufous/brown specks Shape: Tapered oval

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

labgery_pb_20180619.m4a magnirostris
(Top End, NT)
Territorial calls? © PB

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