Family Thornbills (Acanthizidae)

Least Concern

White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea)


French: Gérygone à gorge blanche German: Weißkehlgerygone Spanish: Gerigón gorjiblanco

Psilopus olivaceus


, 1838,

New South Wales, Australia


Sister to G. inornata, based on DNA data#R. Name albogularis has priority over olivacea after selection by First Reviser#R, but current name conserved by ICZN for reasons of stability#R#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. o. cinerascens Sharpe, 1878 – SE New Guinea (around Port Moresby area and Gulf of Papua coast), and NE Australia (N & C Cape York Peninsula).
  • G. o. rogersi Mathews, 1911 – N Australia from Western Australia (Roebuck Bay) E to SE corner of Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • G. o. olivacea (Gould, 1838) – E Australia from base of Cape York Peninsula S (extending inland to W slopes of Great Dividing Range) to SE & SC Victoria; scattered records in extreme E coastal South Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    9–11·5 cm; c. 7 g. One of the more striking members of genus. Nominate race has dark face, with blackish loral line to eye, white supraloral spot extending to... read more


    Song serves territorial and advertising function, may be given at any time (more often in spring),... read more


    Mainly open dry eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland and dense riparian vegetation in tropical,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivorous; wide variety of arthropod prey recorded, including beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera), bugs (Hemiptera) including lerp... read more


    Season generally Aug–Jan, with additional records Mar–May; usually single brooded. Nest oval, domed, with hooded side entrance... read more


    Resident in New Guinea. Resident over much of range in Australia, but most S breeders seemingly... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widely distributed and common to uncommon in N & E Australia; uncommon and with rather relict distribution in New Guinea. Found in New Guinea... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2019). White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea). 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 16 February 2019).