Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Near Threatened

Malaita Monarch (Symposiachrus malaitae)


French: Monarque de Malaita German: Malaitamonarch Spanish: Monarca de Malaita

Monarcha barbata malaitae


, 1931,



Hitherto treated as conspecific with S. barbatus, but differs in the black extending slightly lower on breast and connecting at sides to black of carpal, isolating the patch of white moustachial and side-collar (2); slight white scalloping on black of lower breast (1); all-white outer four rectrices vs white tips on outer two rectrices (3); and slightly larger size#R (allow 1). Monotypic.

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Malaita, in E Solomons.

Descriptive notes

c. 16·5 cm. Small, black-and-white monarch with large white wing patch and mainly white tail. Adult has most of head and face (to lower cheeks and ear-coverts), hindneck, and... read more


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Primary forest and old-growth closed-canopy secondary forest; rare in heavily degraded forest.... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists largely of small invertebrates, but few available data. Usually solitary or in pairs; forages actively in dense foliage of... read more


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. This poorly known species is restricted to a single island, where it is considered relatively uncommon. Malaita... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Malaita Monarch (Symposiachrus malaitae). 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 February 2020).