French: Tchitrec céleste German: Himmelsmonarch Spanish: Monarca celeste
Subspecies and Distribution
H. c. coelestis
Tweeddale, 1877 – Philippines: Luzon, Samar, Dinagat, Mindanao and Tawitawi; possibly extinct on Basilan.
H. c. rabori
Rand, 1970 – Sibuyan, formerly also Negros, in C Philippines. Possibly extinct.
15–16 cm; 13·6 g. Distinctive. Male has bright cerulean-blue head, and crest of long (some more than 40 mm) slender feathers (crest nearly always flat, raised... read more
Call a loud, ringing 3-note whistle, “pwee pwee pwee”, each series c. 1 second in... read more
Inhabits canopy and middle storeys of lowland forest, forest edge and secondary growth; to 750 m,... read more
Food and feeding
Almost unknown. Presumably sallies after flying insects. Observed singly or in pairs, mostly in mixed-species feeding flocks; one such... read more
A pair and single fledgling observed in May in Luzon; male in immature plumage in Dec on Negros; males in reproductive condition (enlarged... read more
No evidence of movements; local migration (to riverine forest) conceivable in areas with a marked... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA, Negros and Panay EBA, Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA and Sulu Archipelago EBA; also in Tablas, Romblon and... read more
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