French: Monarque luisant German: Glanzmonarch Spanish: Monarca reluciente
Other common names:
Common Shining Flycatcher
“Celebes”; error = Ternate, Moluccas
Subspecies and Distribution
M. a. alecto
(Temminck, 1827) – Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore, Mare, Muor, Moti, Bacan, Damar, Kasiruta and Obi.
M. a. chalybeocephala
(#R Lesson & Garnot, 1828) – West Papuan Is, W, SW & N New Guinea, Karkar I, Bagabag, and Bismarck Archipelago.
M. a. manumudari
(Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1915) – Manam I (off NE New Guinea).
M. a. longirostris
(Mathews, 1928) – Tanimbar Is.
M. a. rufolateralis
(G. R. Gray, 1858) – Aru Is.
M. a. lucida
G. R. Gray, 1858 – East Papuan Is (Trobriand Is, Woodlark I, D’Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiades).
M. a. wardelli
(Mathews, 1911) – S New Guinea (Trans-Fly region) and NE Australia (S on NE Queensland coast to Fraser I).
M. a. melvillensis
(Mathews, 1912) – N Australia from NW Western Australia (E from King Sound and coastal Kimberley) E to NE Arnhem Land and C Cape York Peninsula.
17–19 cm; 20 g. Male nominate race has plumage entirely iridescent blue-black; iris dark brown; bill slaty-blue, sometimes small black tip, interior of mouth vivid... read more
Very vocal, with extensive and varied repertoire. In Australia a monotonous, loud, ringing “... read more
Swamp-forest, forest edges, mangroves, streamside vegetation, monsoon forest and coastal scrub,... read more
Food and feeding
Largely insectivorous; some fruit, small molluscs and crustaceans may be taken. Tends to keep to middle and low levels in dense vegetation... read more
Breeds in Aug–Apr wet season in Australia, and similarly in New Guinea (where dates of rainy season vary with locality). Nest a deep... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common over much of range; a characteristic species of tropical streams and rivers.
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