Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Critically Endangered

Iphis Monarch (Pomarea iphis)


French: Monarque iphis German: Fleckenmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Ua Huka

Pomarea iphis

Murphy and Mathews

, 1928,

Huahuna (= Ua Huka) Island, Marquesas


Previously included †P. fluxa as a race. Monotypic.


Ua Huka, in Marquesas Is.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Dull-coloured flycatcher. Male is black, with indistinctly defined but obvious white belly and undertail-coverts; iris dark, grey eyering; bill and legs dark greyish.... read more


Calls include quiet low whistles and raspy chips. Song “chee-wheu, chee-weu, chee-weu, chee-chee-... read more


Breeds in wooded areas of S part of island, in thickets of fau (Hibiscus tiliaceus) and... read more

Food and feeding

Adult and larval insects, including ants (Hymenopteta); spiders (Araneae). Forages in dense brush, gleaning insects from branches or... read more


Usually breeds Jun–Nov. Actively defends territory. Nest made from vegetable fibres, animal hairs and wild cotton, placed 3–15... read more


Sedentary; immatures visit dry lowland vegetation and inland ridges.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Marquesas Islands EBA. Confined to Ua Huka, one small island of 82 km², where population estimated at... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2019). Iphis Monarch (Pomarea iphis). 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 24 May 2019).