Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster)


French: Gérygone des mangroves German: Mangrovegerygone Spanish: Gerigón de manglar

Gerygone levigaster


, 1843,

Port Essington, Coburg Peninsula, Northern Territory, Australia


Sister to G. fusca, based on DNA data#R; in past, sometimes treated as conspecific. Previously considered by some authors to include extinct †G. insularis (Lord Howe I) as a race. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. l. pallida Finsch, 1898 – coastal S New Guinea from Triton Bay and Mimika R E to Port Moresby region.
  • G. l. levigaster Gould, 1843 – N Western Australia (NW edge of Great Sandy Desert E to Roebuck Bay) E patchily along coast (including Groote Eylandt and Mornington I) to N Queensland (S to Princess Charlotte Bay, in NE Cape York Peninsula).
  • G. l. cantator (Weatherill, 1908) – coastal E Australia from NE Queensland (Cleveland Bay) S to Sydney region of New South Wales.
  • Descriptive notes

    9·5–11·5 cm; c. 6 g. Nominate race is grey-brown above, with distinct narrow dark loral stripe, obvious white supercilium ending just behind eye, narrow white broken... read more


    Song, throughout year (mostly in breeding season in far S of range), a sweet, rich, tuneful, rather... read more


    In Australia primarily mangroves; also adjacent forest, thicket and woodland, such as paperbarks (... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded prey includes beetles (of families Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae), grasshoppers (Orthoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), ants (Formicidae... read more


    Recorded in all months, but principally spring-summer in E Australia and autumn-spring dry season in N; multi-brooded, and will renest... read more


    Primarily resident, but some change in seasonal abundance is apparent in far S of range.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Uncommon in New Guinea, largely confined to mangroves in S, extending to isthmus at head of Geelvink Bay in NW. Fairly common and widespread but... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. & de Juana, E. (2019). Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster). 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 19 February 2019).