French: Tchitrec d’Hélène German: Helenamonarch Spanish: Monarca de Helena
Cyanomyas [sic] Helenae
Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. h. personata
(McGregor, 1907) – Camiguin Norte (off N Luzon), in N Philippines.
H. h. helenae
(Steere, 1890) – Luzon, Polillo Is, Catanduanes and Samar (N Philippines).
H. h. agusanae
Rand, 1970 – Dinagat, Siargao and E Mindanao (Agusan), in EC & SE Philippines.
c. 14 cm; 9·2–10·3 g. Male nominate race has long crest (20 mm), large eye wattle; lores, eyering and chin black, forming velvet-like mask, narrowly edged bright cobalt... read more
Call a high-pitched rapid, slightly metallic series of 8–12 syllables, “pi-pi-pi-pi-pi-pi-pi-... read more
Little information; generally found in understorey of forest, below 1000 m.
Food and feeding
No information on diet; probably feeds on insects. Seen singly or in pairs, nearly always in mixed feeding flocks.
Birds in breeding condition (enlarged gonads) in Apr and May. An empty nest found in Apr was in a fork of a small tree c. 1 m above the... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Luzon EBA and Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Rare everywhere in... read more
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