Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Slaty Monarch (Mayrornis lessoni)


French: Monarque de Lesson German: Schwarzschwanzmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Lesson

R[hipidura]. Lessoni

G. R. Gray

, 1846,

Viti Levu, Fiji


Recent genetic study#R suggests large race orientalis may merit species rank. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • M. l. lessoni (G. R. Gray, 1846) – Fiji (except Rotuma, Lau Archipelago and large islands of Gau, Koro, Matuku, Totya, Kabara and Vulaga).
  • M. l. orientalis Mayr, 1933 – Moala Group and Lau Archipelago.
  • Descriptive notes

    12–13 cm; 9·5–14·5 g. Plumage is clean slaty grey, darker above, with prominent white eyering, white lores, and black tail with white sides and... read more


    A harsh scolding “tsic tsic tsic tsic” chatter with an occasional churr; also makles a... read more


    Forest, also well-wooded parks and gardens, from lowlands to mountains. On smaller islands occupies... read more

    Food and feeding

    Primarily insectivorous; small quantities of fruit also taken. Joins mixed-species flocks with white-eyes (Zosterops) and... read more


    Nesting from early dry season to middle of wet season; presumed juvenile apparently food-begging in Jan. Nest consists of fine fibres or... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Fiji EBA. Fairly common. Recorded from all eleven Important Bird Areas within its geographical range; usually... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2017). Slaty Monarch (Mayrornis lessoni). 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 20 November 2017).