Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Chestnut-throated Flycatcher (Myiagra castaneigularis)


French: Monarque à gorge marron German: Schmuckmonarch Spanish: Monarca gorjicastaño

Myiagra castaneigularis

E. L. Layard

, 1876,

Mbua, Vanua Levu, Fiji


Until very recently considered conspecific with M. azureocapilla, but significant molecular and morphological differences identified#R, latter involving its broad white tips of tail feathers (more prominent in male) vs none (3); chestnut vs maroon throat in male (2); absence of white on lores, subocular area and lower ear-coverts in female (2); absence or great reduction of irregular blackish markings on breast sides and flanks (ns[2]); and smaller size (male wing for larger nominate 75.1 mm vs 83.6#R; allow 2). Moreover, trilled song appears to be lower and slower (potentially an additional score of 3)#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. c. whitneyi Mayr, 1933 – Viti Levu, in W Fiji.
  • M. c. castaneigularis E. L. Layard, 1876 – Vanua Levu (except Natewa Peninsula), in N Fiji.
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Chestnut-throated Flycatcher (Myiagra castaneigularis). 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).