Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Critically Endangered

Fatu Hiva Monarch (Pomarea whitneyi)


French: Monarque de Fatu Hiva German: Fatuhivamonarch Spanish: Monarca de Fatu Hiva

Pomarea whitneyi

Murphy and Mathews

, 1928,

Fatu Hiva Island, Marquesas




Fatu Hiva, in Marquesas Is.

Descriptive notes

19 cm; 40 g. Large flycatcher with velvety feathers on forehead. Plumage is glossy purplish-black, blacker-looking on forehead; iris dark brown; bill greyish-blue; legs slate... read more


Alarm call is described as a cat-like shrill “cri-ri-a-rik” (reported as not making alarm calls... read more


Dense native forest and wooded thicket, from 50 m to 700 m; some non-breeders found at up to 775 m... read more

Food and feeding

Food insects, including beetles (Coleoptera); also spiders (Aranea), and seeds. Recorded killing and eating a small gecko. Jumps from... read more


No information. Birds with active gonads in Jan and Feb, and breeding likely to be Dec–Apr.


Sedentary; some movement to higher elevations by immature and non-breeding individuals.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Marquesas Islands EBA. Extremely rare; almost extinct following arrival of black rats (Rattus rattus) in... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P., Bonan, A. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Fatu Hiva Monarch (Pomarea whitneyi). 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).