White-throated Gerygone

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Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
10cm
Maximum Size: 
12cm
Average size: 
11cm
Average weight: 
8g
Breeding season: 
September to November; longer in north of range.
Clutch Size: 
Two to three.
Incubation: 
12 days
Nestling Period: 
15 days
Conservation Status
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Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
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Atlas Number: 
453
What does it look like?
Description: 

The White-throated Gerygone is a very small grey brown bird with a white throat and spot on forehead, distinctive bright yellow underparts and a white-tipped tail. It has a red eye. Most often heard during breeding season, it is not obvious at other times.

Similar species: 

The Fairy Gerygone, G. palpebrosa differs from the White-throated Gerygone in that it does not have the white tail tips, and some males have a black chin and/or throat. It also only overlaps in the Queensland part of the White-throated Gerygone's range, from Tropic of Capricorn to northern Cape York. The smaller Weebill, Smicrornis brevirostris, can resemble young White-throated Gerygones, but does not have a red eye, lacks the white throat and forehead and is generally paler above, with a shorter, paler bill.

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

The White-throated Gerygone ranges from south-eastern Australia through Queensland and across northern Australia to the Kimberley region, Western Australia.

Habitat: 

The White-throated Gerygone is found in open eucalypt woodlands and forests and in vegetation along watercourses.

Seasonal movements: 

Partially migratory in south of range; sedentary in north.

What does it do?
Feeding: 

The White-throated Gerygone feeds in trees on insects and other arthropods.

Breeding: 

The White-throated Gerygone mates for life. It builds an oval or pear shaped nest of bark bound with spiders' silk, which is hung in the outer foliage of trees.

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