Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Near Threatened

Samoan Flycatcher (Myiagra albiventris)


French: Monarque des Samoa German: Samoamonarch Spanish: Monarca samoano

Platyrhynchus albiventris


, 1848,

Upolu, Samoa




Samoa: Savaii, Upolu and Nu’utule.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm. Male is glossy blue-black above, with dark back and rump glossed greenish, upperwing and tail black; intense rufous-chestnut throat and breast, white belly to... read more


Song is a quiet plaintive “see-see-see-see-see-see-see” series; call is a whistled... read more


Mature native forest and forest edge in lowlands and mountains; primarily in lowlands, preferring... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous. Forages alone or in pairs, mainly in lower levels and lower canopy; usually found perched upright in the open. Sallies to... read more


Begging juvenile seen in mid-Jul. Nest described as thin-walled and flimsy, made of plants stems with some interwoven moss and apparently... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Samoan Islands EBA. Formerly widespread on Savai’i and Upolu, where... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. & Sharpe, C.J. (2017). Samoan Flycatcher (Myiagra albiventris). 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).