Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Southern Shrikebill (Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides)


French: Monarque brun German: Südseemonarch Spanish: Monarca pardo

Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides


, 1870,

New Caledonia


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. grisescens Sharpe, 1899 – Vanuatu from Torres Is (Hiu) and Banks Is S to Emae, Éfaté and Erromango.
  • C. p. pachycephaloides Elliot, 1870 – New Caledonia (Grande Terre).
  • Descriptive notes

    19 cm; 24·5–25 g. Large, drab-coloured monarch with stout, slightly hooked and upturned-looking bill. Nominate race is basically dull dark olive-brown above, slightly... read more


    Song a series of musical quavery whistled “tooooo” notes followed by downslurred and then upslurred... read more


    Dense tangled native forest in lowlands and hills; often appears at forest edge and clearings.

    Food and feeding

    Largely insectivorous, diet including grubs and probably caterpillars; also other arthropods. Believed to take some small fruits, and... read more


    Recorded in Sept–Jan. Both sexes build nest, that of nominate race a simple mossy cup, that of grisescens decorated with... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA and New Caledonia EBA. Scarce species, occurring at low density in native forest; elusive... read more

    Recommended citation

    Gregory, P. (2017). Southern Shrikebill (Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides). 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).