French: Monarque de Vanikoro German: Rotbauchmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Vanikoro
Quoy and Gaimard
Subspecies and Distribution
M. v. vanikorensis
(Quoy & Gaimard, 1830) – Santa Cruz Is (Vanikoro), in extreme E Solomon Is.
M. v. rufiventris
Elliot, 1859 – Fiji (except Beqa, Vatulele, Kadavu, Moala Group and Lau Archipelago).
M. v. kandavensis
Mayr, 1933 – Beqa, Vatulele and Kadavu, in SW Fiji.
M. v. dorsalis
Mayr, 1933 – N Lau Archipelago and Moala Group (E Fiji).
M. v. townsendi
Wetmore, 1919 – S Lau Archipelago (SE Fiji).
13 cm; 13–13·5 g. Male nominate race has glossy blue-black head, chin and throat, dark blue-grey back, blackish upperwing and tail; rich orange underparts, paler... read more
Song a series of level high-pitched excited “chwee chwee” whistles, or quavering... read more
Native forest and forest edge, town gardens, regrowth, and cultivated areas with scattered trees;... read more
Food and feeding
Insectivorous; small lizards and small fruits also recorded as eaten. May be seen singly, in pairs, or in noisy groups of 5–6... read more
Sept–Feb in Fiji. Nest built by both sexes, a small and inconspicuous cup of fine fibres, grass stems and rootlets, bound with... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA and Fiji EBA. Common in most of range. Race rufiventris is common on the main... read more
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