Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Black-tailed Monarch (Symposiachrus verticalis)


French: Monarque des Bismarck German: Stirnschopfmonarch Spanish: Monarca de las Bismarck

Monarcha verticalis

P. L. Sclater

, 1877,

Duke of York Islands, Bismarck Archipelago


Hitherto treated as conspecific with S. ateralbus (see below). Monotypic.


Bismarck Archipelago (New Hanover, New Ireland, Umboi, New Britain, Duke of York Is).

Descriptive notes

15–17·5 cm. A medium-sized pied monarch with mostly white face and black throat. Male nominate race has forehead, lores to over eye, eyering and chin to throat black,... read more


Song a descending series of thin fine whistles, and may be interspersed with shorter whistles,... read more


Lowland and hill primary semi-evergreen forests and bamboo thickets; to c. 1380 m on New Britain,... read more

Food and feeding

Few data. Solitary, in pairs, occasionally in mixed-species flocks. Forages in lower and middle levels of forest trees; very active in... read more


Season mainly Aug–Jan. Nest cup-shaped, made of plant fibres and lichens, bound with spider web, placed c. 1·5 m up in vertical fork... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Common or locally common to scarce. Unobtrusive; easily overlooked.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). Black-tailed Monarch (Symposiachrus verticalis). 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 17 March 2018).