French: Monarque noir German: Fächerschwanzmonarch Spanish: Monarca negro
Other common names: Fantailed Monarch
Profi, Arfak Mountains, 3400 feet [c. 1035 m], New Guinea.
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
S. a. axillaris
(Salvadori, 1876) – W New Guinea (Vogelkop, Fakfak Mts, Wandammen Mts, W Snow Mts, Foja Mts and Torricelli Mts).
S. a. fallax
(E. P. Ramsay, 1885) – mountains of NC & E New Guinea (including Adelbert Mts and Huon Peninsula) and D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough I).
15–16·5 cm. 12–17·5 g. Small, black flycatcher, with long tail often held at an angle. Male nominate race is almost entirely satin-black, except for white... read more
Fairly noisy and conspicuous, most frequent call a rapid series of up to 12 dry and harsh, insect-... read more
Montane and submontane forests, usually within shaded parts and rarely at edges, between 750 m and... read more
Food and feeding
Food largely unknown, but includes small to medium-size invertebrates, particularly small beetles (Coleoptera). Occurs alone, in pairs or... read more
Fledged young seen in Oct and nests with eggs in Jul, Nov and Jan. Clutch 1 or 2 eggs. One nest of subspecies fallax... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Uncommon or locally common at lower altitudes.
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