Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki)


French: Gérygone brune German: Grauwangengerygone Spanish: Gerigón pardo

Gerygone laevigaster mouki


, 1912,

Cairns, north-east Queensland, Australia


Sister to G. chrysogaster, based on DNA#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. m. mouki Mathews, 1912 – NE Queensland (from near Cooktown S to Paluma), in NE Australia.
  • G. m. amalia Meise, 1931 – Clarke Range S to Connors Range, in E Queensland.
  • G. m. richmondi (Mathews, 1915) – coastal and subcoastal E Australia from SE Queensland (Dawes Range) S, inland to E scarps of Great Dividing Range, to Victoria (W Gippsland).
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11 cm; 5·5 g. The smallest Australian gerygone. Nominate race is olive-brown above, slightly tinged greyish; black loral line, pale supercilium extending to... read more


    Song, throughout year (reportedly by both sexes in breeding season), a twittering flat “what-... read more


    Primarily rainforest, also other wet forests, gulleys and riparian vegetation, moving to non-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivorous; takes beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera), lerp insects (Psyllidae), wasps and ants (Hymenoptera), and... read more


    Season Jun–Feb, mostly Sept–Dec, earlier in tropics than in S of range. Nest built by female, an oval, tapered domed structure... read more


    Largely resident; some local movements reported around Atherton Tableland (Queensland) and in SE... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Widespread and common in E Australia E of Great Dividing Range. This species’ voice is a typical sound of the rainforests of E... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2019). Brown Gerygone (Gerygone mouki). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 February 2019).