Brown Gerygone plumage

To: "Birdrangers Enquiries" <>, <>
Subject: Brown Gerygone plumage
From: "Greg and Val Clancy" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:56:04 +1000
Hi Simon,

It is interesting that you raise the question about the colour of Brown Gerygones now as I observed an unusual looking brown coloured gerygone at Coutts Crossing on Saturday. It was very white on the belly and the tail showed a large amount of white. The head colour and bill length didn't seem quite right for a Brown Gerygone and I was wondering if it was a Western Gerygone. I wasn't sure of the subtle differences at the time between the two species and the bird was silent so I will be chasing it up again when the rain stops. I have had Brown Gerygones at the site occasionally, despite it being dry open forest/woodland and not rainforest. It is probably a Brown Gerygone but I want to be sure. The amount of white in the tail seems to be the best distinguishing character between the two with the Brown having a white tipped tail and the Western also having a second white band closer to the base of the tail. If anyone knows of other distinguishing characters that can be seen in the field I would be keen to know about them.



Dr Greg. P. Clancy
Ecologist and Birding-wildlife Guide
| PO Box 63 Coutts Crossing NSW 2460
| 02 6649 3153  | 0429 601 960

-----Original Message----- From: Birdrangers Enquiries
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2013 11:52 AM
Subject: Brown Gerygone plumage

Hi All,

Here the winter flocks of Brown Gerygone, ssp richmondi, show a range of
subtle plumage variations, including some very dark breasted & faced
individuals. I'm interested in hearing from anyone who has seen darker than
usual Brown Gerygones of this subspecies.

Any photos, particularly of a spread tail would also be interesting.

Regards & Thanks,

Simon Clayton


Birdrangers, Gibraltar Reserve

Cangai, NSW, 2460


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