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. Dull-coloured flycatcher. Nominate race extinct. Male race motanensis has entire plumage black, with dark iris, pale blue bill, dark legs. Female has black... read more


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


    Forested valleys at high elevations and degraded forest at all elevations. On Mohotani found in dry... 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 in 2005, in c. 200 ha of Pisonia... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (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 18 March 2018).