Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Rufous Monarch (Symposiachrus rubiensis)


French: Monarque roux German: Fuchsmonarch Spanish: Monarca rufo

Tchitrea rubiensis

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

Rubi, Geelvink Bay, New Guinea


Retained in genus Monarcha by some authors#R. Monotypic.


N, WC & SW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Large, long-tailed and almost entirely rufous monarch. Male has grey crown, plain warm rufous upper forehead and forecrown, face and neck side, black lower forehead,... read more


Call a rapid series of 4–6 harsh, buzzy notes, “chwe chwe chwe chwe chwe chwe”, frequently... read more


Lowland rainforest and swamp-forest, usually in forest interior; from sea-level to c. 280m in... read more

Food and feeding

Food largely unknown, but mainly small to medium-sized invertebrates. Alone or in pairs, and in mixed-species flocks consisting mostly of... read more


Nests found in Aug; a mossy cup placed up to 3 m from ground in fork of small sapling. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon or local, with patchy distribution. Absent from Vogelkop.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). Rufous Monarch (Symposiachrus rubiensis). 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).