Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Pied Monarch (Arses kaupi)


French: Monarque sanglé German: Elstermonarch Spanish: Monarca pío

Arses kaupi


, 1851,

Cairns, Queensland, Australia


Formerly sometimes treated as conspecific with A. telescopthalmus and A. lorealis; maintained here as a separate species despite new molecular evidence (see A. telescopthalmus, above). Race terraereginae intergrades with nominate in Mossman region, and they may be inseparable, so species might be better treated as monotypic. Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. k. terraereginae A. J. Campbell, 1895 – coastal NE Queensland (from Endeavour R–Annan R area S to Thornton Peak/Daintree R), in N Australia.
  • A. k. kaupi Gould, 1851 – coastal NE Queensland from Mossman/Carbine Tableland S to Seaview Range (Townsville).
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16 cm; 12·5–15 g. Arboreal black-and-white monarch. Male nominate race has black head and upperparts, broad white erectile neck collar and feathers at... read more


    Noisy in breeding season but rather quiet afterwards. Song a series of clear, fast and quite deep-... read more


    Native-forest edge and secondary growth, from sea-level to at least 900 m. Palm-vine scrub,... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insects; beetles (Coleoptera) and lepidopterans recorded. Usually seen singly, in pairs, or in groups of 3–5 birds, perhaps family... read more


    Breeds Oct–Jan, before peak summer rains. Birds often exhibit territorial display in small vocal groups, with ruff raised. Nest built... read more


    Resident; some local dispersal to adjacent eucalypt woodland in winter on Atherton Tablelands.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Queensland Wet Tropics EBA. Uncommon; occurring at low densities. As much of this species’ habitat lies within... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2017). Pied Monarch (Arses kaupi). 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 17 November 2017).