Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Vulnerable

Vanikoro Monarch (Mayrornis schistaceus)


Taxonomy

French: Monarque schistacé German: Vanikoromonarch Spanish: Monarca pizarroso
Taxonomy:

Mayrornis schistaceus

Mayr

, 1933,

Vanikoro Island, Santa Cruz Islands

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

Vanikoro and small satellite island of Teanu, in S Santa Cruz Is (extreme E Solomons).

Descriptive notes

13–14 cm. Plumage is mainly dull slate-grey, with broad ill-defined pale eyering and lores, short dark grey moustachial stripe; underparts slightly paler, undertail-... read more

Voice

Noisy, one call described as a typical monarchine musical rasp, a scolding “scha-scha” and a... read more

Habitat

Primary forest and secondary growth in lowlands and mountains to 450 m, perhaps only in regrowth... read more

Food and feeding

Insectivorous. Forages in canopy and subcanopy, often with mixed-species flocks or with Rufous Fantails (Rhipidura rufifrons);... read more

Breeding

Juveniles seen in Nov. No other information.

Movements

Sedentary

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Vanuatu and Temotu EBA. Total population estimated at c. 5,000 individuals, but... read more

Recommended citation

Gregory, P. (2017). Vanikoro Monarch (Mayrornis schistaceus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59209 on 22 November 2017).