French: Monarque des Marquises German: Marquesasmonarch Spanish: Monarca de las Marquesas
St Christina (= Tahuata) Island, Marquesas
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.
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
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