Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Fan-tailed Gerygone (Gerygone flavolateralis)


French: Gérygone mélanésienne German: Fächerschwanzgerygone Spanish: Gerigón melanesio

Acanthiza flavolateralis

G. R. Gray

, 1859,

New Caledonia


See G. tenebrosa. Hitherto treated as conspecific with G. citrina. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. f. correiae Mayr, 1931 – Banks Is and N Vanuatu.
  • G. f. rouxi (F. Sarasin, 1913) – Ouvéa, in N Loyalty Is.
  • G. f. lifuensis (F. Sarasin, 1913) – Lifou, in C Loyalty Is.
  • G. f. flavolateralis (G. R. Gray, 1859) – New Caledonia, I of Pines and S Loyalty Is (Maré).
  • Descriptive notes

    10 cm; 5·5–6·5 g. Typical small, rather drab gerygone. Male is olive-brown above, head more olive-grey, with indistinct narrow whitish fore supercilium... read more


    Sings at any time of day, less in hottest period. Quiet, thin, piping repetitive “tee poo tee... read more


    Forest and secondary growth, village gardens and scrub, from sea-level to hills; to at least 1600 m... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivorous; no details of prey items, but takes insect larvae and pupae, as well as imagos. Seen singly or in pairs or small family... read more


    Season Sept–Jan/Feb in Vanuatu and Sept–Dec in New Caledonia, where most documented breeding attempts have been in Oct. Nest is a domed... read more


    Resident; capable of short movements, as it has apparently colonized various islands in Vanuatu... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA and New Caledonia EBA. Quite common on most islands. Survives well in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Fan-tailed Gerygone (Gerygone flavolateralis). 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 18 February 2019).