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White-throated Gerygone

(Gerygone olivacea)
Alternate name(s): "White-throated Warbler", "White-throated Flyeater"; misnomers: "Bush Canary", "Native Canary*"
Size: 10-11 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 White-throated Gerygone at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "olivacea"

ADULT

Frontal view of a White-throated Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2013]

Frontal view of a White-throated Gerygone, different posture
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2013]

Frontal view of a White-throated Gerygone scanning a eucalypt tree for insects
[Eulah Creek, NSW, October 2013]

Near-frontal view of a White-throated Gerygone searching for insects (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Near Nally's Creek, Ensay Doctors Flat Road, East Gippsland, VIC, November 2018]

Lateral view of a White-throated Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2018]

Lateral view of a White-throated Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2013]

Close-up lateral/ventral view of a White-throated Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2013]

Dorsal view of a White-throated Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2013]

Ventral view of a White-throated Gerygone
[Eulah Creek, NSW, September 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a juvenile White-throated Gerygone - note the absence of a white throat; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 19/20 January 2015
[Eulah Creek, NSW, January 2015]

Race "rogersi"

ADULT

Lateral view of a White-throated Gerygone (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Pine Creek, NT, July 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Aug - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: ca. 12 days Fledging age: ca. 14 - 16 days

Nest

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

Type: Domed hanging bottle Material: Bark strips or reeds, webs Height above ground: 3 - 15 m

The nest shown below was found close to a creek lined by reeds, old strands of which were then used for construction. The nest, although suspended from only one point, looked very solid and stable.

Nest of a pair of White-throated Gerygones; note the difference in materials used for this nest compared to others on the eastern coastal fringe (shown below)
[Pilliga NR, NSW, December 2011]

Here the female White-throated Gerygone is "at home", peeking out of the nest
[Pilliga NR, NSW, December 2011]

In this photo one can see most clearly the typical markings of a White-throated Gerygone; next to the white throat, the white forehead spots and some yellow on the bird's breast are visible
[Pilliga NR, NSW, December 2011]

Two White-throated Gerygone chicks peeking out of their nest, waiting to be fed (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, December 2013]

White-throated Gerygone feeding its chicks in their nest (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[St. Albans, NSW, December 2013]

White-throated Gerygone nest in an ornamental plant right next to the entrance door to a house (photo courtesy of N. Smith)
[Near Tamworth, NSW, November 2016]

White-throated Gerygone peeking out of its nest (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Anstead, QLD, August 2017]

One of the owners of the White-throated Gerygone nest shown above (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Anstead, QLD, August 2017]

Eggs

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

Size:18 x 13 mm Colour: Creamy, with mid-brown specks Shape: Tapered oval

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Migratory Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Food, Diet

White-throated Gerygones forage through the foliage of trees for small insects.

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.

wthgery_20170827.m4a olivacea
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
wthgery_20151201.m4a olivacea
(NW NSW)
Contact call + abbreviated call © MD
wthgery_20141107.mp3 olivacea
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
wthgery_20140919.mp3 olivacea
(NW NSW)
Contact call © MD
wthgery_20151204.mp3 olivacea
(W NSW)
Contact calls (long sequence) © MD
wthgery_20160906.mp3 olivacea
(NW NSW)
Contact calls © MD
wthgery_20150119.mp3 olivacea
(NW NSW)
? (immature) © MD
wthgery_20150120_4.mp3 olivacea
(NW NSW)
? (immature) © MD
 
wthgery_20140820.m4a rogersi
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
wthgery_20140820_2.m4a rogersi
(Darwin, NT)
Contact call © MD
wthgery_20140820_3.m4a rogersi
(Darwin, NT)
(Extended) contact call © MD

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