French: Monarque ruché German: Yorkmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Cape York
Cape York, Australia
Extreme N Australia: N Cape York Peninsula S to Archer R on W coast and to c. 14° S on E coast (including Iron Range, Coen area and Silver Plains), in NE Queensland.
14–15 cm; 9–15 g. Small black-and-white monarch. Male is black above, with broad white erectile collar (often raised as a ruff) and neck side, white lower back... read more
Usual song a slow “chee chee chee chee cheee” series or an even slower and deeper “chwee chwee... read more
Primary forest, vine thickets, riparian gallery forest, and edge of secondary growth; occasionally... read more
Food and feeding
Arthropods. Usually found singly or in pairs. Keeps to middle stratum and canopy. Hops and flutters up trunks and limbs, wings frequently... read more
Oct–Jan, before peak rains. Nest built by both sexes, a tiny, frail hanging basket of fine twigs, tendrils and spider webs, decorated... read more
Resident; some local movement into adjacent eucalypt woodland in wet season. Single specimen from... read more
Status and conservation
Not assessed. Uncommon; at low densities. As most of Cape York consists of unsuitable dry-forest habitat, the species is restricted to relict patches of rainforest and... read more
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