Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

White-capped Monarch (Monarcha richardsii)


French: Monarque de Richards German: Kappenmonarch Spanish: Monarca de Richards

Piezorhynchus Richardsii

E. P. Ramsay

, 1881,

Rendova, Solomon Islands




New Georgia Is (Vella Lavella, Ranongga, Gizo, Kolombangara, New Georgia, Vangunu, Gatukai Group, Rendova and Tetepare), in W Solomons.

Descriptive notes

17 cm. Small to medium-sized, striking, glossy blue-black monarch with conspicuous white on head. Has forecrown to nape pure white, forehead and face to centre of breast,... read more


Disyllabic rising and then falling whistle, “pwiu-o” or “wuwui”, slightly... read more


Primary and secondary semi-evergreen forest from sea-level to c. 1100 m, but less common in hills. read more

Food and feeding

Food items not well known; mainly small invertebrates. Usually in pairs, mostly in small parties and mixed-species foraging flocks,... read more


One nest found, in late Oct, a deep cup of plant fibres, fine grasses and gossamer, placed c. 1 m above ground in fork of slender sapling... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Common or locally common; undoubtedly declining as a result of the rapid rate of logging... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). White-capped Monarch (Monarcha richardsii). 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 24 February 2020).