French: Gérygone enchanteresse German: Elfengerygone Spanish: Gerigón duende
Subspecies and Distribution
G. p. palpebrosa
Wallace, 1865 – Black-throated Gerygone – W New Guinea (including West Papuan Is) and Aru Is.
G. p. wahnesi
(A. B. Meyer, 1899) – Yapen I and N New Guinea (E to N coast of SE Peninsula to the Kumusi R).
G. p. tarara
Rand, 1941 – S New Guinea from Morehead R E to Fly R.
G. p. inconspicua
E. P. Ramsay, 1878 – SE New Guinea E from upper Fly R.
G. p. personata
Gould, 1866 – NE Queensland (Cape York Peninsula S to Mitchell R and Townsville area), in NE Australia.
G. p. flavida
E. P. Ramsay, 1877 – Fairy Gerygone – coastal C Queensland from about Cooktown S to Rockhampton area.
10–11·5 cm; 8 g. Medium-small gerygone with distinctive male plumages. Male nominate race has forehead, side of head and throat to upper breast black, crown... read more
Often located by quiet but insistent, rather nasal “tt tt” contact note. Song, by male... read more
Edges of tropical rainforest and ecotone between that and other habitats, vine thickets (e.g. at 40... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous; no details of items. Seen mostly singly, in pairs or in small parties of up to five individuals, probably family groups.... read more
Birds in breeding condition in Oct (at end of dry season) in New Guinea; breeding recorded in Jul–May in Australia. Nest reported as... read more
Resident; wanderers have reached Magnetic I, off Townsville (Queensland).
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in suitable habitat in all parts of range.
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