Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

Spot-winged Monarch (Symposiachrus guttula)


French: Monarque à ailes tachetées German: Perlenflügelmonarch Spanish: Monarca alimoteado

Muscicapa guttula

Lesson and Garnot#R

, 1828,

Dorey [Manokwari], north-west New Guinea


Plumage characters suggest possible close relationship to S. julianae. Monotypic.


New Guinea and satellite islands (West Papuan Is, islands in Geelvink Bay, Aru Is, D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago and Louisiade Archipelago).

Descriptive notes

14–15 cm; 14–18 g. A small grey-and-white monarch with black face and white on wing-coverts. Has forehead and forecrown to face, chin and throat black, sometimes... read more


Song a faint, slightly wavering single whistled note, usually introduced with short rising note,... read more


Interior of lowland and submontane primary and secondary forests, also forest edges and clearings;... read more

Food and feeding

Food items not well known, but mostly small invertebrates and larvae. Forages alone, occasionally in pairs or in mixed-species flocks.... read more


Season mainly Aug to late Nov; fledglings recorded also in Apr. Nest usually a deep cup of brown plant fibres and roots, animal hair and... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Common or locally common, but inconspicuous. Density in rainforest estimated at 20 individuals/10 ha.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2018). Spot-winged Monarch (Symposiachrus guttula). 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 21 November 2018).