Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)


Djaul Flycatcher (Myiagra cervinicolor)


French: Monarque de Djaul German: Zimtsteißmonarch Spanish: Monarca cervuno

Monarcha hebetior cervinicolor


, 1964,

Djaul Island, Bismarck Archipelago


Until recently treated as conspecific with M. hebetior (which see) and hitherto with M. eichhorni. Differs from M. hebetior in its much larger size (mean male tail 77.3 mm vs 60.7#R; allow 3); and in female in pale grey vs blue-black crown and head sides (3); brighter rufous upperparts and tail (1); and greyer underparts (1). Differs from M. eichhorni in its larger size (mean male tail 77.3 mm vs 71.5#R; allow 2); and in female in its pale grey vs dark grey crown and head sides (2); white vs dull grey throat and breast, with greyish-white vs mid-grey belly (3); and brighter rufous upperparts and tail (1). Monotypic.

What do (1) and (2) mean? Learn more about the scoring system.

Djaul I, off NW New Ireland (Bismarck Archipelago).

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Male is all black, with rear crown and upperparts glossed bluish; iris dark brown; maxilla slaty or pale blue, tip and mandible black, interior of mouth orange; legs... read more


Song-like vocalizations include a long series of descending quavering whistles and a series of 4–7... read more


Primary and tall secondary closed-canopy evergreen forest, and forest edge and thickets, from... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous. Forages in understorey, by gleaning and snatching insects. Little known; behaviour presumably much as that of M.... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. This poorly known species has a small population restricted to a single island, where it is largely confined to old-growth habitats. Djaul I is just 165 km² in... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2018). Djaul Flycatcher (Myiagra cervinicolor). 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 15 July 2018).