French: Monarque mélanésien German: Pazifikmonarch Spanish: Monarca melanesio
Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
M. c. occidentalis
Mayr, 1931 – Rennell, in SE Solomon Is.
M. c. marinae
Salomonsen, 1934 – from Torres Is S to Éfaté, in N & C Vanuatu.
M. c. melanura
G. R. Gray, 1860 – Erromango, Tanna and Aneityum, in S Vanuatu, and Maré, in Loyalty Is.
M. c. viridinitens
G. R. Gray, 1859 – Ouvéa and Lifou, in Loyalty Is.
M. c. caledonica
Bonaparte, 1857 – Grande Terre, in New Caledonia.
13–14 cm; 10–12 g. Small myiagra with small erectile crest and broad flat bill typical of genus. Male nominate race has head to upper breast, upperparts and tail... read more
Song a loud, ringing, musical repeated “pseeoo psseeoo whit”, which becomes higher-... read more
Native forest, open woodland, secondary growth, plantations and mangroves; sea-level to 1100 m, but... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous. Forages by flycatching from forest edge or darting among leaves in lower middle to upper stratum. Has usual habit of... read more
Nests Aug–Feb. Nest built by both sexes, a cup of fibres garnished with lichen, and sited 2–10 m from ground in fork. Clutch 2... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Rennell and Bellona EBA, Vanuatu and Temotu EBA and New Caledonia EBA. Quite common in New Caledonia and... read more
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