Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Black-tailed Monarch (Symposiachrus verticalis)


Taxonomy

French: Monarque des Bismarck German: Stirnschopfmonarch Spanish: Monarca de las Bismarck
Taxonomy:

Monarcha verticalis

P. L. Sclater

, 1877,

Duke of York Islands, Bismarck Archipelago

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with S. ateralbus (see below). Monotypic.

Distribution:

Bismarck Archipelago (New Hanover, New Ireland, Umboi, New Britain, Duke of York Is).

Descriptive notes

15–17·5 cm. A medium-sized pied monarch with mostly white face and black throat. Male nominate race has forehead, lores to over eye, eyering and chin to throat black,... read more

Voice

Song a descending series of thin fine whistles, and may be interspersed with shorter whistles,... read more

Habitat

Lowland and hill primary semi-evergreen forests and bamboo thickets; to c. 1380 m on New Britain,... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Solitary, in pairs, occasionally in mixed-species flocks. Forages in lower and middle levels of forest trees; very active in... read more

Breeding

Season mainly Aug–Jan. Nest cup-shaped, made of plant fibres and lichens, bound with spider web, placed c. 1·5 m up in vertical fork... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Common or locally common to scarce. Unobtrusive; easily overlooked.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). Black-tailed Monarch (Symposiachrus verticalis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/59241 on 25 September 2017).