Mangrove Gerygone

Did you know?

Mangrove Gerygones often appear comfortable around humans. Not easily startled.

Facts and Figures
Research Species: 
No
Minimum Size: 
10cm
Maximum Size: 
12cm
Average size: 
11cm
Average weight: 
6g
Breeding season: 
Spring-Summer
Clutch Size: 
2-3
Incubation: 
12 days
14 days
Nestling Period: 
14 days
17 days
Basic Information
Scientific Name: 
Featured bird groups: 
Atlas Number: 
202
What does it look like?
Description: 

Similar in size and shape to Dusky Gerygone, but slightly shorter bill. Top and sides of head and neck grey/brown, changing to grey/white on on chin and throat. Narrow white eye-ring. Iris red/red brown, legs and feet black, black bill. Often with redish brown tinge on rump. Off white on upperbody, with pale grey on throat, chin and sides.

Similar species: 

Dusky Gerygone, Large-billed Gerygone

Where does it live?
Distribution: 

Purely coastal along Northern and Eastern coast, living in the mangroves. From Central Coast of NSW to the Kimberley WA. Sometime found in adjacent paperbark forests.

Habitat: 

Mangroves as well as associated paperbark forests and thickets nearby mangroves.

Seasonal movements: 

No known seasonal movements, sedentary or resident. 

What does it do?
Feeding: 

Usually forage in mangroves in trees, sometimes on ground. Can forage either singly, in pairs, small flocks sometimes with White-eyes. Exclusively insects. Occasionally hovers over flowers to catch insects. 

Breeding: 

Eastern Australia mostly spring-summer, in North mostly Autumn-spring (dry season). Usually nests in mangroves, nest is oval, domes with spout like entrance. Constructio materials include grass, paperbark, roots, mos, dry seaweed, and decorated  with cocoons, spider egg-sacs. Usually 2-3 eggs. Incubated by female, 12-14 days.. Both parents feed nestlings.

 

Living with us

Removal of mangroves, leaves no habitat for Mangrove Gerygones.

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