French: Monarque brun German: Südseemonarch Spanish: Monarca pardo
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).
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
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