French: Monarque à ventre marron German: Schwarzrückenmonarch Spanish: Monarca ventricastaño
J. P. Verreaux
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. erythrostictus
(Sharpe, 1888) – Bougainville Monarch – Buka, Bougainville and Shortland Is (NW Solomons).
M. c. castaneiventris
J. P. Verreaux, 1858 – Chestnut-bellied Monarch – Solomon Is (Choiseul, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Savo, Florida and Malaita).
M. c. obscurior
Mayr, 1935 – Russell Is (EC Solomons).
17 cm; 22–28·5 g, 28–33·5g (ugiensis). Medium-sized, glossy blue-black monarch. Male nominate race has head to centre of breast, side of neck and... read more
Song a rapid series of whistles, “kwee kwee kwee kwee kwee”. Calls mostly a series of harsh buzzing... read more
Primary forest and tall secondary forest, from sea-level to mountains. Race ugiensis... read more
Food and feeding
Food items not well known; mainly small invertebrates. Solitary or in pairs, but mostly in small parties and mixed-species foraging flocks... read more
One observation of an adult feeding a fledged juvenile Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus) on Guadalcanal, in Jul. No other... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Common within its small range. Common in reasonably undisturbed forest and relatively common... read more
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