Large-billed gerygone Gerygone magnirostris, photographed by Lip Kee Yap.

Belongs within: Acanthizidae.

Gerygone is a genus of small insectivorous birds found in Australasia and south-east Asia. Most species feed by gleaning prey in the middle to upper canopies.
See also: Riroriro.

Characters (from Schodde & Mason 1999): Foreheads and faces usually plain; lores usually dusky with whitish supra-loral bars and orbital rings; songs sibilant, chromatic; nests pendulent, tailed, not communal.

<==Gerygone Gould 1841 B94 [incl. Hapolorhynchus HWT01; Gerygoninae]
    |--+--+--G. chloronota Gould 1842 JT12, WS48 [incl. G. chloronotus darwini Mathews 1912 WS48]
    |  |  `--G. palpebrosa JT12
    |  |       |--G. p. palpebrosa M03
    |  |       `--G. p. flavida M03
    |  `--+--G. igata (Quoy & Gaimard 1830) JT12, WH02
    |     `--G. magnirostris Gould 1842 JT12, WS48
    |          |--G. m. magnirostris M03
    |          |--G. m. brunneipectus M03
    |          `--G. m. cairnsensis M03
    `--+--+--G. chrysogaster JT12
       |  `--G. mouki JT12
       |       |--G. m. mouki M03
       |       |--G. m. amalia M03
       |       `--G. m. richmondi M03
       `--+--G. fusca (Gould 1838) JT12, WS48 [=Psilopus fuscus WS48]
          |    |--G. f. fusca M03
          |    |--G. f. culicivora (Gould 1840) WS48 (see below for synonymy)
          |    `--G. f. exsul M03
          `--G. olivacea (Gould 1838) JT12, WS48 [=Psilopus olivaceus WS48]
               |--G. o. olivacea M03
               |--G. o. cinerascens M03
               `--G. o. rogersi Mathews 1911 [=G. albigularis rogersi] WS48

Gerygone incertae sedis:
  G. albofrontata Gray 1844 WH02
  G. albogularis R66
  G. cinerea JT12
  G. dorsalis JT12
  G. flavolateralis JT12
  G. hypoxantha JT12
  G. inornata JT12
  G. insularis M03
  G. levigaster Gould 1842 (see below for synonymy) WS48
    |--G. l. levigaster M03
    `--G. l. cantator M03
  G. modesta Pelzeln 1860 WH02
  G. personata Gould 1866 G66 [=G. palpebrosa personata M03]
  G. ruficollis JT12
  G. sulphurea JT12
  G. tenebrosa (Hall 1901) JT12, WS48 (see below for synonymy)

Gerygone levigaster Gould 1842 [incl. G. levigaster broomei Mathews 1912, Ethelornis levigaster perconfusus Mathews 1920] WS48

Gerygone fusca culicivora (Gould 1840) WS48 [=Psilopus culicivorus WS48; incl. G. culicivora dendyi Mathews 1912 WS48, G. levigaster mungi Mathews 1912 WS48, G. fusca mungi M03, G. culicivora wayensis Mathews 1912 WS48]

Gerygone tenebrosa (Hall 1901) JT12, WS48 [=Pseudogerygone tenebrosa WS48, G. magnirostris tenebrosa WS48; incl. G. tenebrosa christopheri Mathews 1912 WS48, G. magnirostris whitlocki Mathews 1915 WS48, G. tenebrosa whitlocki M03]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B94] Bock, W. J. 1994. History and nomenclature of avian family-group names. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 222: 1-281.

[G66] Gould, J. 1866. Additions to the list of the avifauna of Australia, with descriptions of three new species. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 217-218.

[HWT01] Holdaway, R. N., T. H. Worthy & A. J. D. Tennyson. 2001. A working list of breeding bird species of the New Zealand region at first human contact. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 28: 119-187.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444-448.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds, 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[R66] Ramsay, E. P. 1866. Notes on the most frequent fosterparents of the cuckoos of Australia. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1866: 571-577.

Schodde, R., & I. J. Mason. 1999. The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. CSIRO.

[WS48] Whittell, H. M. & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1-126.

[WH02] Worthy, T. H., & R. N. Holdaway. 2002. The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press: Bloomington (Indiana).

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