Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)


Marquesas Monarch (Pomarea mendozae)


French: Monarque des Marquises German: Marquesasmonarch Spanish: Monarca de las Marquesas

Monarcha Mendozae


, 1854,

St Christina (= Tahuata) Island, Marquesas


Formerly included †P. nukuhivae and P. mira as races, but genetic data#R indicate that these are better treated as two discrete species. Nominate race extinct. One extant subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. mendozae (Hartlaub, 1854) – Hiva Oa and Tahuata, in Marquesas Is.
  • P. m. motanensis#R Murphy & Mathews, 1928 – Mohotani, in Marquesas Is.
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; mean 29·6 g (race motanensis). Dull-coloured flycatcher. Nominate race extinct. Male race motanensis has entire plumage black, with dark iris... read more


    On Mohotani (race motanensis) gives a raspy “sherkee-six” or “tchioui-... read more


    Principally found in dry forest with Pisonia grandis, Cordia subcordata and ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insectivorous. Active feeder at all forest levels; appears to prefer sunlit areas among dead leaves.


    Appears to occur throughout year. Aggressively defends territory. Nest (with diameter 12–14 cm) constructed 4–20 m above ground... read more


    Sedentary; immatures wander to drier areas.

    Status and conservation

    ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: present in Marquesas Islands EBA. Survives only in forests of Mohotani, where 200 individuals or 80–110 pairs in 2005, in c. ... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Marquesas Monarch (Pomarea mendozae). 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 15 July 2018).