Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Near Threatened

Kolombangara Monarch (Symposiachrus browni)


French: Monarque de Brown German: Salomonenmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Brown

Monarcha (Piezorhynchus) browni

E. P. Ramsay

, 1883,

New Georgia, Solomon Islands


Race nigrotectus notably distinctive, lacking the white wingpanel (3) and apparently with more white in tail than other taxa (at least 1); information on voice needed. Taxon ganongae, placed with nigrotectus, is morphologically intermediate, but genetic data#R show it to be closer to nigrotectus and, furthermore, suggest that these two may together be distinct at species level. Four subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. b. nigrotectus (E. J. O. Hartert, 1908) – Vella Lavella Monarch – Vella Lavella and Bagga, in SW Solomon Is.
  • S. b. ganongae (Mayr, 1935) – Ranongga (SW Solomons).
  • S. b. browni (E. P. Ramsay, 1883) – Kolombangara Monarch – Kolombangara, New Georgia, Vangunu and adjacent islands (SW Solomons).
  • S. b. meeki (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1905) – Rendova and Tetepare, S of New Georgia (Solomons).
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm. Small, largely black-and-white monarch. Nominate race has large white patch on cheek; rest of head and face to side of neck, chin to breast, and upperparts bluish-... read more


    Long pulsing whistle, higher-pitched than that of sympatric chestnut monarchs; also a repeated... read more


    Primary forest, tall secondary forests and gardens, from sea-level to c. 600 m.

    Food and feeding

    Little known. Food mainly small invertebrates. Usually solitary, in pairs or in mixed species foraging flocks, often in company with M... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Common or fairly common on New Georgia (nominate race... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2017). Kolombangara Monarch (Symposiachrus browni). 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).