Saturday, November 14, 2015

White-throated Gerygone building her nest

14th November 2015


Over the last week and a half, we have watched the size of this nest made of spider silk and grasses grow markedly in size.  The nest is hanging from very small branches on an ironbark tree at our patch.  We had noticed a little bird tending to the nest, but it has taken a week for us to get a good look at her.  Today, even though it was overcast and about to rain, I was able to get a few photos of this beautiful White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis), tending to the nest.  The little bird darted in and out with nesting material and kept re-arranging the nest.

It is three years since we have noticed a White-throated Gerygone nest here at Jarowair.  It is interesting to note that the tree chosen is only a few meters away from the gum tree that the birds have used in previous years.  (see Previous post from 2012 here).  

White-throated Gerygones are insect eaters and are common in south-eastern Australia.  They have a beautiful happy little trill sound and are most enjoyable to watch.  You can listen to the noise they make on the Birds in Backyards Website here

J & B
White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis) Nest
White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis) tending to the nest

White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis) in the same tree as the nest.

White-throated Gerygone Nest 13/11/15


  1. Great pictures Judith. You are blessed to be able to witness this behavior so closely. One of my favourite bush birds and always a thrill to here it's sweet, distinctive call.

  2. how great to be able to follow the nesting activity. They build a beautiful home for themselves. :)

    thanks for sharing :)

  3. Quite an architectural feat for that pretty little bird!


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