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By location, this should be subspecies flavida
Photo by Tom Tarrant
Bribie Island, South East Queensland, Australia, April 2005

Includes Black-headed Gerygone

Gerygone palpebrosa



Queensland in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia (provinces Papua and West Papua).



Six subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • G. p. palpebrosa:
  • North-western New Guinea, Aru, Waigeo, Misool and Salawati islands
  • G. p. wahnesi:
  • Yapen Island and northern New Guinea
  • G. p. inconspicua:
  • South-eastern New Guinea (west to upper Fly River)
  • G. p. tarara:
  • Southern New Guinea (Moorhead River to mouth of Fly River)
  • G. p. personata:
  • G. p. flavida:
  • Eastern Queensland (Burdekin River to about Maryborough)

The last subspecies (G. p. flavida) has in the past been considered a full species, and did then carry the common name of Fairy Gerygone; the remainder of the subspecies were known as Black-headed Gerygone.


Coastal Woodland.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia

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