Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Vulnerable

Iphis Monarch (Pomarea iphis)


Taxonomy

French: Monarque iphis German: Fleckenmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Ua Huka
Taxonomy:

Pomarea iphis

Murphy and Mathews

, 1928,

Huahuna (= Ua Huka) Island, Marquesas

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Previously included †P. fluxa as a race. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Ua Huka, in Marquesas Is.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Dull-coloured flycatcher. Male is black, with indistinctly defined but obvious white belly and undertail-coverts; iris dark, grey eyering; bill and legs dark greyish.... read more

Voice

Calls include quiet low whistles and raspy chips. Song “chee-wheu, chee-weu, chee-weu, chee-chee-... read more

Habitat

Breeds in wooded areas of S part of island, in thickets of fau (Hibiscus tiliaceus) and... read more

Food and feeding

Adult and larval insects, including ants (Hymenopteta); spiders (Araneae). Forages in dense brush, gleaning insects from branches or... read more

Breeding

Usually breeds Jun–Nov. Actively defends territory. Nest made from vegetable fibres, animal hairs and wild cotton, placed 3–15... read more

Movements

Sedentary; immatures visit dry lowland vegetation and inland ridges.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Marquesas Islands EBA. Confined to one small island of 82 km², where population estimated at 1000–2499 individuals... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2017). Iphis Monarch (Pomarea iphis). 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/59207 on 23 September 2017).