French: Gérygone à dos vert German: Grünrückengerygone Spanish: Gerigón dorsiverde
Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
G. c. cinereiceps
(Sharpe, 1886) – hills and lowlands of mainland New Guinea, and West Papuan Is.
G. c. aruensis
Büttikofer, 1893 – Aru Is.
G. c. chloronota
Gould, 1843 – N Northern Territory (Arnhem Land S to lower Victoria and Roper River drainages), including Tiwi Is and Groote Eylandt, in N Australia.
G. c. darwini
Mathews, 1912 – N Western Australia (from King Sound E to Cambridge Gulf) and adjacent W Northern Territory (E to Victoria R).
9·5–11 cm, c. 6·5 g (Australian races); 7·5–8·3 cm (New Guinea races). Small gerygone with distinctive greyish head, no tail spots.... read more
Song a rapid, thin musical “choopi choopi choopi” on rising scale, repeated... read more
In Australia, mainly riparian and monsoon vine forests and thickets, also mangroves and relict... read more
Food and feeding
Prey includes spiders (Araneae), cockroach egg sacs (Blattodea), beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), wasps (Hymenoptera) and... read more
Little known. Recorded in Mar–Oct in Australia. Nest built by both sexes, a compact oval dome with short “tail”, side... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common but unobtrusive; easily missed if not singing. Common, but patchily distributed, in New Guinea. Local in Australia.
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