French: Monarque sanglé German: Elstermonarch Spanish: Monarca pío
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
A. k. terraereginae
A. J. Campbell, 1895 – coastal NE Queensland (from Endeavour R–Annan R area S to Thornton Peak/Daintree R), in N Australia.
A. k. kaupi
Gould, 1851 – coastal NE Queensland from Mossman/Carbine Tableland S to Seaview Range (Townsville).
15–16 cm; 12·5–15 g. Arboreal black-and-white monarch. Male nominate race has black head and upperparts, broad white erectile neck collar and feathers at... read more
Noisy in breeding season but rather quiet afterwards. Song a series of clear, fast and quite deep-... read more
Native-forest edge and secondary growth, from sea-level to at least 900 m. Palm-vine scrub,... read more
Food and feeding
Insects; beetles (Coleoptera) and lepidopterans recorded. Usually seen singly, in pairs, or in groups of 3–5 birds, perhaps family... read more
Breeds Oct–Jan, before peak summer rains. Birds often exhibit territorial display in small vocal groups, with ruff raised. Nest built... read more
Resident; some local dispersal to adjacent eucalypt woodland in winter on Atherton Tablelands.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. Uncommon; occurring at low densities. As much of this species’ habitat lies within... read more
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