French: Monarque rougegorge German: Silbermonarch Spanish: Monarca plomizo
Subspecies and Distribution
M. r. papuana
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – S & SE New Guinea and islands in N Torres Strait.
M. r. sciurorum
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – D’Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiade Archipelago (off SE New Guinea).
M. r. concinna
Gould, 1848 – NW & NC Australia; non-breeding also Cape York Peninsula.
M. r. okyri
Schodde & Mason, 1999 – Cape York Peninsula (N Australia).
M. r. yorki
Mathews, 1912 – NE & E Australia.
M. r. rubecula
(Latham, 1801) – SE Australia; non-breeding SE New Guinea and NE Australia (E Queensland).
14–16 cm; 12–13 g. Male nominate race has head and throat to upper breast dark grey with bluish gloss, lores greyish-black; upperparts, including upperwing, dark... read more
Nasal, harsh, deep, scolding upslurred “psshht” or “bzzt”, given singly or... read more
Occurs in native sclerophyll forest and open woodland, riparian forest, woodland, mangroves; also... read more
Food and feeding
Food mainly insects, also spiders (Araneae); some plant seeds also recorded. May join mixed-species feeding flocks. Forages mostly in... read more
Sept–Mar in S and mainly Aug–Feb in N. Nest built by both sexes, a neat cup of fine grass and bark, held together by spider... read more
Resident with some local wandering in N Australia and New Guinea. In SE Australia migratory, moving... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in much of its range. Potential longer-term threats include fire damage and spread of invasive species.
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