French: Gérygone à bec fort German: Sumpfgerygone Spanish: Gerigón picudo
Greenhill Island, Port Essington, Northern Territory, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
G. m. cobana
(Mathews, 1926) – West Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati).
G. m. occasa
Ripley, 1957 – Kofiau I (WC West Papuan Is).
G. m. conspicillata
(G. R. Gray, 1859) – NW New Guinea (Vogelkop region).
G. m. affinis
A. B. Meyer, 1874 – N New Guinea (including islands of Yapen, Manam and Karkar).
G. m. brunneipectus
(Sharpe, 1879) – S New Guinea and islands in N Torres Strait (Boigu, Saibai); Aru Is.
G. m. proxima
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough I, Fergusson I), off SE New Guinea.
G. m. onerosa
E. J. O. Hartert, 1899 – Misima I (Louisiade Archipelago), SE of D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago.
G. m. tagulana
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – Tagula I (Louisiade Archipelago).
G. m. rosseliana
E. J. O. Hartert, 1899 – Rossel I (Louisiade Archipelago).
G. m. cairnsensis
Mathews, 1912 – islands of S Torres Strait, and NE Australia (Cape York Peninsula S to Mitchell drainage in W and to Mackay in E).
G. m. magnirostris
Gould, 1843 – coasts of N Western Australia (Napier-Broome Bay S to Collier Bay) and N Northern Territory (S to Daly R and Roper R), including Tiwi Is and Groote Eylandt.
10–12 cm; c. 7 g. Similar in size and shape to G. levigaster, but with much broader and often longer bill. Nominate race has prominent pale broken eyering,... read more
Song varies with range, but basically a lilting, repetitive musical sequence typical of genus. In... read more
Mangrove associations, also riparian and littoral woodland, paperbark (Melaleuca) woodland... read more
Food and feeding
Spiders (Araneae) significant prey; beetles (Coleoptera), bugs (Hemiptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), moths (Lepidoptera) and grasshoppers (... read more
Recorded in all months. Solitary, but sometimes pairs close together (50 cm). Pair maintains territory. Nest built by both sexes, an untidy... read more
Primarily resident over most of range, but poorly known; suggestion of some local seasonal or food-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common throughout most of range. Uncommon to scarce or rare locally, e.g. where mangroves have been destroyed and on some small Torres Strait islands... read more
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