French: Monarque à bec large German: Breitschnabelmonarch Spanish: Monarca piquiancho
Other common names:
Tanimbar Flycatcher (fulviventris)
“Nouvelle–Hollande”; error = Timor
Subspecies and Distribution
M. r. ruficollis
(Vieillot, 1818) – islands in Flores Sea, also S & E Lesser Sundas (Sumba E to Timor, Lembata E to Damar).
M. r. fulviventris
P. L. Sclater, 1883 – Tanimbar Is.
M. r. mimikae
Ogilvie-Grant, 1911 – coastal S New Guinea (Mimika R E to Port Moresby area), Aru Is, islands in Torres Strait (including Daru and Boigu), and N & NE Australia (from Kimberley E along coast to C Cape York and NE & E Queensland).
15–15·5 cm; 12 g. Dark blue flycatcher with orangey throat and pale belly, tail somewhat rounded when spread. Nominate race is rather glossy dark blue-grey above... read more
Has harsh, raspy, dry scold, “zzzt”, shorter and louder than that of M. rubecula... read more
Mangroves, relict monsoon forest, paperbark (Melaleuca) swamp, coastal vine thickets,... read more
Food and feeding
Food arthropods, especially insects, also spiders (Araneae); some molluscs. Usually singly in non-breeding season, or in pairs in breeding... read more
Mainly Jul–Feb (peak in Oct), but poorly known. Nest built by both sexes, a shallow cup of bark strips, plant fibres and spider webs... read more
Sedentary throughout range, so far as known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. In Australia uncommon in coastal woodlands and mangroves, seems commoner in relict monsoon forest in Northern Territory. Scarce in New Guinea, but no... read more
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