Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta)


French: Monarque infatigable German: Weißkehlmonarch Spanish: Monarca inquieto

Turdus inquietus


, 1801,

New South Wales = Sydney, Australia


Previously treated as conspecific with M. nana, and recent molecular evidence tends to support this option (but see M. nana). Monotypic.


Australia: SW Western Australia (Wongan Hills E to Point Culver), and CE Queensland S to Victoria and S South Australia (extending W to E fringe of Simpson–Strzelecki Deserts, Murray Mallee, Flinders Ranges and Eyre Peninsula).

Descriptive notes

20·5 cm; 20·5 g. Medium-sized to large myiagra. Male has top and side of head black with glossy bluish sheen on crown, contrasting matt black lores, eyering and... read more


A loud, typical whistled “tu-whee” series, given frequently, often in flight, and a... read more


Usually near water in lowland open forest, eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodland (including river... read more

Food and feeding

Insects, spiders (Araneae) and centipedes (Chilopoda). Singly or in pairs; joins mixed-species flocks with Willie Wagtails (Rhipidura... read more


Jul–Mar, with peak Sept–Nov; can be triple-brooded. Nest built by both sexes, a large coarse cup of shredded bark, fine grass... read more


Resident to locally nomadic; details not well known. Present over much of range throughout year,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Widespread and common over most of its fairly extensive range. Local declines and also range contraction noted in Western Australian Wheatbelt and... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2019). Restless Flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta). 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 19 April 2019).