Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Moluccan Flycatcher (Myiagra galeata)


French: Monarque des Moluques German: Molukkenmonarch Spanish: Monarca moluqueño

Myiagra galeata

G. R. Gray

, 1861,

Bacan, Moluccas


Proposed race seranensis [sic] (Seram) synonymized with goramensis. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. g. galeata G. R. Gray, 1861 – N Moluccas: Morotai, Halmahera, Ternate, Bacan, Bisa and Obi.
  • M. g. buruensis E. J. O. Hartert, 1903 – Buru (S Moluccas).
  • M. g. goramensis Sharpe, 1879 – Ambon, Seram and Boano; old record from Kai Kecil (S Moluccas).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm. Small myiagra. Male nominate race is dark grey above, with dark greenish crown, darker on forehead, lores and ear-coverts; entirely white below; iris dark; bill and... read more


    Nominate race on Halmahera has loud series of monotonous single whistles, “teu-teu-teu-teu... read more


    Wooded habitats; often found in second growth and coastal scrub, also forest in coastal lowlands... read more

    Food and feeding

    Known to be insectivorous, but few other data available. Usually in pairs; joins mixed-species feeding flocks. Active canopy forager, but... read more


    Pair observed while attending a nest in N Seram in mid-Jun, nest placed 4·5 m up on horizontal limb; on Halmahera, nest found in Apr... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA, Buru EBA, Seram EBA and Northern Maluku EBA. Common on Halmahera, fairly... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2017). Moluccan Flycatcher (Myiagra galeata). 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 20 November 2017).