Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Eastern Crested-flycatcher (Trochocercus bivittatus)


French: Tchitrec bifascié German: Haubenmonarch Spanish: Monarca morado oriental

Trochocercus bivittatus


, 1879,

Muniuni, lower Tana River, Kenya


Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. cyanomelas, but differs in its longer crest (allow 1); and in female dark grey breast covered in bold white spotting vs mid-grey breast (slightly darker than pale grey of belly) with very vague small white spots (3); double white wingbar vs bold white wing patch (3); and greyish, slightly sheeny vs matt greyish-brown upperparts and tail (at least 1). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • T. b. vivax Neave, 1909 – W Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, NW Tanzania, SE DRCongo (Shaba) and adjacent N & W Zambia; also, perhaps this race, SW Kenya#R.
  • T. b. bivittatus Reichenow, 1879 – C & SE Kenya, S Somalia and to E Tanzania, including Zanzibar I.
  • T. b. megalolophus Swynnerton, 1907 – Malawi and N Mozambique S to E Zimbabwe and NE South Africa (E KwaZulu-Natal).
  • Descriptive notes

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    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J. & Collar, N. (2017). Eastern Crested-flycatcher (Trochocercus bivittatus). 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 22 November 2017).