Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana)


French: Monarque menu German: Teebaummonarch Spanish: Monarca chico

Seïsura nana


, 1870,

northern Australia


Previously treated as conspecific with M. inquieta, and recent molecular evidence tends to support this option#R#R; however, application of Tobias criteria to differences registered in the literature suggest species status may yet be appropriate (and therefore provisionally retained here), involving considerably smaller size (effect size for male wing using largest samples in published data#R –6.78, score 3); “much darker upperparts” in male#R (1); bill width not proportionately reduced (on published data#R), thus appearing broader-based#R (allow 1); rictal bristles proportionately longer (two-thirds vs less than half the length of bill) and thicker#R (allow 1); and a much more frequently delivered “tuuiii” call, with a second call contextually more restricted#R (allow 1); all these characters (even the wing mensural data, which may not reflect the situation where the taxa most closely approach each other) are tentatively scored and require validation. Monotypic.

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S New Guinea (S Trans-Fly including Dolak I, inland to L Ambuve, L Pangua, L Daviumbu and Obo; Saibai I) and N Australia (from N Western Australia E, mainly in coastal areas, to SW Cape York area of NW Queensland).

Descriptive notes

18·5 cm; 13·5 g. Male is entirely black above, crown and back with dark blue gloss, and white below, sometimes a variable pale peachy-buff wash on chest; flight-feathers have... read more


A loud, slightly upslurred musical whistled series, “chee-whee chee whee”, frequently given, often... read more


Usually near water. Tropical eucalypt (Eucalyptus) savanna woodland, paperbark (... read more

Food and feeding

Arthopods; diet includes spiders (Araneae) and centipedes (Chilopoda), as well as insects. Forages singly or in pairs, and generally near... read more


Laying Aug–April; can be triple-brooded. Nest built by both sexes, a cup of bark shreds and grass, placed in upright fork of dead... read more



Status and conservation

Not assessed. Generally common in suitable habitat. In New Guinea formerly known only from Saibai I (Australian territory, where perhaps a vagrant), and R Bensbach area, but... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2018). Paperbark Flycatcher (Myiagra nana). 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 22 June 2018).