Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Chatham Gerygone (Gerygone albofrontata)


French: Gérygone des Chatham German: Langschnabelgerygone Spanish: Gerigón de las Chatham

Gerygone? albofrontata

G. R. Gray

, 1845,

#R, New Zealand = Chatham Islands


Relationships uncertain. Genetic study needed; this taxon was not sampled in recent DNA study#R. Monotypic.


Chatham Is, E of New Zealand.

Descriptive notes

12 cm; male 11 g, female 9·5 g. Large, long-billed gerygone. Male has white forehead and supercilium, whitish face, narrow dark eyestripe, white broken eyering; crown... read more


Song, serving territorial function and given only by male (mostly in breeding season), a rapid... read more


Inhabits dense native forest, thicket and shrubland, from coast to plateaux. Also occurs in cleared... read more

Food and feeding

Reportedly feeds on flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), moths and caterpillars (Lepidoptera), as well as spiders (Araneae). Forages... read more


Season Sept–Jan, varying from year to year according to conditions; usually single-brooded. Long chases interspersed with song bouts... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Chatham Islands EBA. Locally common. Common on Mangere I and South East I, but vulnerable to any ecological... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2020). Chatham Gerygone (Gerygone albofrontata). 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 3 April 2020).