Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Near Threatened

Manus Monarch (Symposiachrus infelix)


French: Monarque triste German: Silberschwanzmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Manus

Monarcha infelix

P. L. Sclater

, 1877,

Admiralty Islands


Race coultasi distinctive, with white rump and most of uppertail (3), reduced white on wing-coverts (1) and tendency to form complete white collar (1); further study needed. Two subspecies recognized.

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Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. i. infelix (P. L. Sclater, 1877) – Manus Monarch – Manus I, in Admiralty Is.
  • S. i. coultasi (Mayr, 1955) – Rambutyo Monarch – Rambutyo, Tong and perhaps other islands off Manus.
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5–15 cm. A small to medium-sized pied monarch with white tail, thin and narrow bill. Nominate race has black face, forehead and forecrown to side of neck, bluish-... read more


    Song a series of high-pitched whistles; long, low whistle and harsh chattering or grating scolding... read more


    Primary forest, also secondary forest and woodlands, scrub and mangroves.

    Food and feeding

    No information on diet. Usually solitary or in pairs. Forages at lower to middle levels in forest trees. Forages with tumbling flycatching... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Admiralty Islands EBA. Scarce or locally common. Fairly common on Manus,... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2018). Manus Monarch (Symposiachrus infelix). 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 25 June 2018).