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Western Gerygone its chick and keeping the nest clean

(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
Weight: 5-7 g

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In January 2021 we managed to take a series of photos showing how a Western Gerygone first fed its chick, then inspected the nest and finally carried away a poo sac (photos courtesy of V. Collins). Simultaneously, audio was recorded to document the interactions.

Western Gerygone chick begging to be fed; audio included below (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Merriwindi SCA, near Kenebri, NSW, January 2021]

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(NW NSW)
Nestling begging + parents' response + feeding © MD

Western Gerygone feeding its chick (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Merriwindi SCA, near Kenebri, NSW, January 2021]

Western Gerygone inspecting the interior of the nest after feeding its chick (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Merriwindi SCA, near Kenebri, NSW, January 2021]

Western Gerygone waiting, while the nestling has turned its backside to the nest entrance; note how the tail is being used as a prop (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Merriwindi SCA, near Kenebri, NSW, January 2021]

Western Gerygone still waiting for things to happen... (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Merriwindi SCA, near Kenebri, NSW, January 2021]

... before the chick's tail is lifted, a poo sac ejected and subsequently carried away (photo courtesy of V. Collins)
[Merriwindi SCA, near Kenebri, NSW, January 2021]

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