Mangrove Gerygone (species: Gerygone levigaster) in Yuraygir NP (Gaia Guide)
Gerygone levigaster
Mangrove Gerygone

©Tom Tarrant: Gerygone levigaster

©Lip Kee Yap: Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster)

©Troy Bell: Mangrove Gerygone (Gerygone levigaster)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Acanthizidae
Genus Gerygone
Species Gerygone levigaster
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The plumage is grey above with a white throat, belly, flanks and rump. There is a distinct white eye stripe. The bill and legs are black and the iris is red. The subspecies G. l. pallida is slightly browner above and G. l. cantator is slightly larger and heavier. (Wikipedia)


  • From 9 cm to 11 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The species is princiapally distributed in mangrove forests and in forests and woodland adjacent to mangroves. The species will move into nearby forests from mangroves to feed, particularly in the breeding season.

Where its range overlaps with that of the Large-billed Gerygone in the Kimberley, it is actually displaced from the mangroves and is instead found in scrubland dominated by paperbarks and acacia. (Wikipedia)


The species feeds in the foliage of trees on insects, including beetles, grasshoppers, wasps, ants and moths. It is less likely to catch prey in the air than other gerygones, but will join mixed-species feeding flocks with white-eyes, honey-eaters and fantails. The species mostly feeds in the canopy but will forage amongst the roots of mangroves. (Wikipedia)

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