Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Hooded Monarch (Symposiachrus manadensis)


French: Monarque à capuchon German: Zweifarbenmonarch Spanish: Monarca encapuchado

Muscicapa manadensis

Quoy and Gaimard

, 1830,

Manokwari, north-west New Guinea




Lowlands of New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

15–16·5 cm. A medium-sized, bluish-black and white monarch. Entire head to bib on centre of breast, and upperparts are glossy bluish-black; upperwing black,... read more


Song a series of monotone whistles, similar to that given by Papuan Treecreeper (Cormobates... read more


Lowland and hill forests to c. 375 m, locally to 1200 m.

Food and feeding

Food not well known, but mainly small invertebrates and larvae. Usually solitary except in breeding season; occasionally in mixed-species... read more


Season Aug and Sept. Only a handful of nests found, built from dark plant fibres, fine roots and moss, lined with fine epiphyte roots,... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon or locally common. Patchily distributed; absent from some areas where habitat apparently identical to that in places where the species is... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). Hooded Monarch (Symposiachrus manadensis). 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).