Order Passeriformes

Family Monarchidae

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the family Mudlarks (Grallinidae). See link for information on this group.
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  • Small to medium-sized passerines with broad-based, often deeply compressed bill, usually slender legs with strongly curved claws, some species with greatly elongated central rectrices; plumage variable, from modest to brightly coloured, often with rufous, grey, white or black, some species glossy blue.
  • Africa, southern Asia, Australasia and Oceania.
  • Forest and woodland, mangroves, lightly wooded cultivation, savanna.
  • 9-50 cm.
  • 16 genera, 105 species, 261 taxa.
  • 23 species threatened;
    6 subspecies extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Coates, B., Dutson, G. & Filardi, C. (2020). Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52325 on 29 February 2020).