Golden-bellied Gerygone

Scientific Name: Gerygone sulphurea

Malay Name: Kelicap-Perepat Asia

Chinese Name: 黄胸噪刺莺

Range: Breeding Range: (OR, AU) Malay Peninsula, Sundas, Philippines, also Sulawesi

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: sulphurea, muscicapa, simplex, rhizophorae, flaveola.

Local Subspecies: sulphurea

Size: 10-10.5 cm

Identification: Sexes similar. Yellow underparts, greyish brown above. Dark cheeks and ear coverts strongly contrast with the yellowish throat giving it a strong 'hooded' appearance. Song consists of a series of high-pitched, rising and falling notes that have a bright, pausing cadence. 

Habitat: Occurs in most habitats with trees, including highly urbanised landscapes. 

Behaviour/Ecology: Sticks high to the canopy where it is often more often heard than seen. This species is a known host of the Little Bronze Cuckoo

Local Status: Very common resident

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2017)

Location: In almost any area with trees in Singapore, often heard singing even in built-up areas such as HDB estates. 

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2017). Gerygone sulphurea. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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