French: Monarque de Rarotonga German: Rarotongamonarch Spanish: Monarca de Rarotonga
Hartlaub and Finsch
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Rarotonga, in Cook Is.
14–15 cm; 22 g. Plumage is dark slate-grey above, with whitish lores, white below; tail blackish, with greyish underside; iris dark; bill plumbeous blue, legs dark... read more
Raucous, chattering, rapid, rasping and discordant rather metallic 4-syllable “ter whik whik... read more
Undergrowth of native forest. Prefers small, steep-sided, wet, forested valleys sheltered from the... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds mainly on small caterpillars, flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera) and bugs (Hemiptera). Gleans from leaves and twigs; can be bold... read more
Breeds Oct–Feb, but most eggs laid Oct and early Nov. Some immatures join adults as helpers to defend territory and help to raise... read more
Sedentary; immatures may gather in small loose flocks on ridgetops away from occupied territories. read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Restricted-range species: present in Southern Cook Islands EBA. Once among the rarest birds of the world, this species has been brought back from the brink of... read more
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