Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)


Taxonomy

French: Monarque rougegorge German: Silbermonarch Spanish: Monarca plomizo
Taxonomy:

Todus rubecula

Latham

, 1801,

Sydney, Australia

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Races intergrade where they meet in Australia; also a clinal increase in size from N to S. Six subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Nasal, harsh, deep, scolding upslurred “psshht” or “bzzt”, given singly or... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    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.

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2017). Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula). 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/59255 on 25 September 2017).