Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula)


French: Monarque rougegorge German: Silbermonarch Spanish: Monarca plomizo

Todus rubecula


, 1801,

Sydney, Australia


Races intergrade where they meet in Australia; also a clinal increase in size from N to S. Six subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. r. papuana Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – S & SE New Guinea and islands in N Torres Strait.
  • M. r. sciurorum Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1918 – D’Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiade Archipelago (off SE New Guinea).
  • M. r. concinna Gould, 1848 – NW & NC Australia; non-breeding also Cape York Peninsula.
  • M. r. okyri Schodde & Mason, 1999 – Cape York Peninsula (N Australia).
  • M. r. yorki Mathews, 1912 – NE & E Australia.
  • M. r. rubecula (Latham, 1801) – SE Australia; non-breeding SE New Guinea and NE Australia (E Queensland).
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; 12–13 g. Male nominate race has head and throat to upper breast dark grey with bluish gloss, lores greyish-black; upperparts, including upperwing, dark... read more


    Nasal, harsh, deep, scolding upslurred “psshht” or “bzzt”, given singly or... read more


    Occurs in native sclerophyll forest and open woodland, riparian forest, woodland, mangroves; also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Food mainly insects, also spiders (Araneae); some plant seeds also recorded. May join mixed-species feeding flocks. Forages mostly in... read more


    Sept–Mar in S and mainly Aug–Feb in N. Nest built by both sexes, a neat cup of fine grass and bark, held together by spider... read more


    Resident with some local wandering in N Australia and New Guinea. In SE Australia migratory, moving... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Widespread and common in much of its range. Potential longer-term threats include fire damage and spread of invasive species.

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2017). Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula). 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).