Just back from Cambodia and 4 lifer storks plus Giant and White-
shouldered Ibis an incredible sighting of the rare White-winged Wood
Saw a query re Rusty-tailed Gerygone from Dave Sargeant, so here is my
HBW note about this legendary bird, a classic of its kind, which
graced a few of our field guides for a while and is I think still in
Yellow-bellied Gerygone Gerygone chrysogaster
Taxonomy: Gerygone chrysogaster, Gray , G. R. 1858.
Five subspecies recognised
Subspecies and Distribution:
G. c. chrysogaster Gray, G. R. 1858- South, East and north central New
Guinea, Yapen Island and Aru Islands.
G. c. neglecta Wallace 1865- Waigeo Island (New Guinea).
G. c. notata Salvadori 1878- west New Guinea, Misool and Batanta
G. c. dohertyi Rothschild and Hartert 1903- south west New Guinea
(Onin Peninsula to Triton Bay).
G. c. leucothorax Mayr, 1940- lowlands of west New Guinea (Geelvink
Note that Rusty-tailed Gerygone G. ruficauda was described as a new
species by Ford & Johnstone in 1983 supposedly from “Thirteen Mile
River” in e. Queensland. The specimens were shown by Schodde (1985) to
be examples of Yellow-bellied Gerygone faded by preservative spirit,
and with unreliable locality labels, as this species does not occur in
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