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Western Gerygone

(Gerygone fusca)
Alternate name(s): "White-tailed Warbler", "White-tailed Flyeater", "Western Warbler", "Western Flyeater", "Inland Warbler", "Fuscous Warbler", "Fuscous Flyeater", "Sleepy Dick"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "fusca": "warylbodang"

Size: 10-11 cm

Similar species

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Western Gerygone at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "fusca"

ADULT

Lateral view of a Western Gerygone in flight, approaching a casuarina tree (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Bells Rapids, Swan River, near Perth, WA, June 2015]

Race "exsul"

ADULT

Frontal view of a Western Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, August 2010]

Different frontal view of a Western Gerygone; note the characteristic red eyes and thin white eyebrow
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2013]

Near-frontal view of a Western Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2013]

Near-lateral view of a Western Gerygone
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, June 2013]

Near-lateral view of a Western Gerygone, different posture
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, June 2013]

Lateral view of a Western Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2013]

Different lateral view of a Western Gerygone
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, August 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a Western Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2015]

Western Gerygone at full stretch, trying to reach an insect
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, October 2013]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Oct - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 12 - 14 days Fledging age: 13 - 15(?) days

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

Nest

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

Type: Domed hanging bottle Material: Grass stems, bark strips, webs Height above ground: 2 - 10 m

Western Gerygone nest hidden in a Cypress pine tree
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, October 2013]

Western Gerygone working on its nest, which is in an advanced stage of construction
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, October 2013]

Western Gerygone now sitting on its nest
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, November 2013]

Western Gerygone peeking out of its nest (photo courtesy of D. Johnston)
[Near Baradine, NSW, 1980ies]

Eggs

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

Size: 18 x 14 mm Colour: Creamy, with light-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

We have seen Western Gerygones hunting for insects in various kinds of rough-barked trees, such as Acacia salicina, Acacia cambagei and Cypress pine.

Food, Diet

Western Gerygones prey on small insects that they take from leaves.

Lateral view of a Western Gerygone hunting for insects in an Acacia salicina tree
[Eulah Creek, NSW, May 2013]

Lateral view of a Western Gerygone hunting for insects (aphids?) in a Cypress pine tree
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, August 2013]

Lateral view of a Western Gerygone hunting for insects (aphids?) in a Cypress pine tree, trying to upright itself again
[Deriah Aboriginal Area, NSW, August 2013]

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.

Some species of gerygones have very elaborate, long calls that they tend to sometimes abbreviate. When, below, we mark a call as "partial", this does not mean to say that the recording is incomplete, but that the bird rendered only a partial (or abbreviated) call.

wstgery_20140311.mp3 exsul
(NW NSW)
Territorial call © MD
wstgery_20150813.mp3 exsul
(NW NSW)
Territorial call © MD
wstgery_20151107_3.mp3 exsul
(NW NSW)
Territorial call © MD
wstgery_20160817.mp3 exsul
(NW NSW)
Territorial call © MD
wstgery_20151107_2.mp3 exsul
(NW NSW)
Feeding calls? © MD
wstgery_20150808.mp3 exsul
(NW NSW)
? © MD
wstgery_20141023.mp3 exsul
(NW NSW)
? (Immature?) © MD

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