Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Vanikoro Flycatcher (Myiagra vanikorensis)


Taxonomy

French: Monarque de Vanikoro German: Rotbauchmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Vanikoro
Taxonomy:

Platyrhynchos vanikorensis

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1830,

Vanikoro

.

Geographically isolated nominate race possibly vocally distinct, but only a single recording available; study needed. Five subspecies recognized.

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).
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song a series of level high-pitched excited “chwee chwee” whistles, or quavering... read more

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

    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

    Movements

    Sedentary.

    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

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2017). Vanikoro Flycatcher (Myiagra vanikorensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/59259 on 26 September 2017).