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Golden-bellied Gerygone - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Golden-bellied Flyeater

(Sub)species sulphurea, "Sunda Gerygone". Photo by Avian Seeker
Singapore, March 2011

Includes: Philippine Gergyone, Sulawesi Gerygone, Sunda Gerygone

Gerygone sulphurea


9·5–10·4 cm

  • upperparts greyish-brown
  • moustachial stripe thin, white, often obscured
  • loral regon may be whitish
  • underparts yellow, generally paler on lower belly
  • vent area often off-white
  • tail tip white
  • bill black, generally robust
  • legs and feet black


Southeast Asia: found in Indochina, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Greater Sundas, Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sulawesi, Lesser Sundas


Vocally the subspecies are quite different which may indicate the need to split into several species. Reference [3] suggests elevating subspecies sulphurea as "Sunda Gerygone", G. sulphurea, flaveola as "Sulawesi Gerygone", G. flaveola and subspecies rhizophorae and simplex as "Philippine Gergyone", G. simplex


Clements recognises the following subspecies [1]:

  • G. s. flaveola: "Sulawesi Gerygone". Sulawesi, Salayar and Banggai Islands (Peleng and Banggai) [underparts more saturated, tail tips indistinct]
  • G. s. sulphurea: "Sunda Gerygone". Malay Peninsula, Greater Sundas and Lesser Sundas
  • G. s. simplex: "Philippine Gergyone". Lubang, Luzon, Mindoro, Verde, Negros, Bohol and Cebu
  • G. s. rhizophorae: "Philippine Gergyone". Southern Philippines (Mindanao, Basilan and Sulu Archipelago)

Some authorities (e.g. [4], [5]) recognise subspecies muscicapa from Enggano Island (off Sumatra: described as smaller, underparts more saturated, neck and head paler).


Open country, second growth, mangroves and residential areas.



Little known, but they eat insects gleaned from leaves higher up in the trees.


A resident species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Eaton, JA, B van Balen, NW Brickle, FE Rheindt 2021. Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago (Greater Sundas and Wallacea), Second Edition. Lynx Editions. ISBN978-84-16728-44-2
  4. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  5. HBW and BirdLife International (2022) Handbook of the Birds of the World and BirdLife International digital checklist of the birds of the world. Version 7. Available at: http://datazone.birdlife.org/userfiles/file/Species/Taxonomy/HBW-BirdLife_Checklist_v7_Dec22.zip

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