Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Satin Flycatcher (Myiagra cyanoleuca)


French: Monarque satiné German: Seidenmonarch Spanish: Monarca satinado

Platyrhynchos cyanoleucus


, 1818,

Timor; error = Sydney, Australia




E Australia (mainly from NE New South Wales S along coast to S Victoria and extreme SE South Australia) and Tasmania; non-breeding N & E New Guinea (including D’Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiades), Bismarck Archipelago and, very sparsely, coastal E Australia (S to about Brisbane area).

Descriptive notes

17·5 cm; 17–18 g. Large myiagra. Male is uniformly glossy blue-black on head and upperparts, blue-black from chin to breast, with very sharp concave demarcation... read more


Song a sharp metallic rising whistle, “choo-ee, choo-ee choo-ee” or “pwee pwee... read more


Tall, wet sclerophyll forest, native eucalypt (Eucalyptus) woodlands and densely vegetated... read more

Food and feeding

Food arthropods; seeds occasionally eaten. Occurs singly or in loose pairs, occasionally in small parties of 3–4 individuals. Usually... read more


Oct–Feb; single-brooded. Nest built by both sexes, a cup of shredded grass and bark, moss and spider webs, decorated with lichen,... read more


Migratory. Post-breeding movement N in Feb–Apr to non-breeding areas largely in NE Australia... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Uncommon breeder in wet forest in SE Australia and Tasmania. Populations reduced by habitat loss or damage caused by logging of old-growth forests in... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2017). Satin Flycatcher (Myiagra cyanoleuca). 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 24 November 2017).