Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Black-bibbed Monarch (Symposiachrus mundus)


French: Monarque à menton noir German: Sundamonarch Spanish: Monarca barbinegro

Monarcha mundus

P. L. Sclater

, 1883,

Tanimbar Islands




Extreme E Lesser Sundas (Damar, Babar Is) and Tanimbar Is (Larat, Yamdena, Selaru).

Descriptive notes

16 cm. Has long or dagger-like and slightly upturned bill. Forehead and lores to ear-coverts, chin and throat are black; upperparts to uppertail-coverts dark grey, upperwing-... read more


Apparently variable song a series of up to 11 whistled “swih” notes rising and accelerating, broken... read more


Inhabits primary semi-evergreen forest, including selectively logged areas, and also mangroves.

Food and feeding

Diet not well known, but mainly small invertebrates. In pairs or small groups, and most frequently in mixed-species foraging flocks.... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Fairly common. Status on Damar uncertain; an ornithological expedition to the island in... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). Black-bibbed Monarch (Symposiachrus mundus). 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 on 20 November 2017).