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How sweet it is!

December 9, 2012
White-throated Gerygone

White-throated Gerygone

It’s well worthwhile keeping an eye out for this lovely little bird – a regular visitor to the Upper Goulburn catchment at this time of year. In fact, you are far more likely to hear it rather than see it during breeding time in spring and early summer. It’s a White-throated Gerygone (pronounced jer-rig-ony, not jerry-gone) and it has what is surely one of the sweetest songs of all our native birds.

If you do catch a glimpse of this colourful bird, it is likely to be flitting among the upper canopy of a eucalypt. However, we were lucky to come across one at the Yea Wetlands recently which was so absorbed with feeding and singing on low branches, it was quite unconcerned by our presence just meters away.

Click on the icon below to hear its silvery song. (Note that the volume can be adjusted by clicking on the vertical bars to the left of the audio display).

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