Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

White-collared Monarch (Symposiachrus vidua)


French: Monarque à col blanc German: Schuppenmonarch Spanish: Monarca acollarado

Piezorhynchus vidua


, 1879,

Makira Harbour, San Cristobal, Solomon Islands


Original species name is a noun in apposition, and thus invariable#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • S. v. vidua (Tristram, 1879) – Makira (San Cristobal), in SE Solomons.
  • S. v. squamulatus (Tristram, 1882) – Ugi I, in SE Solomons.
  • Descriptive notes

    15 cm; 15·5–19·5 g. Small, largely black-and-white monarch with distinctive broad white collar. Nominate has entire head to chin, throat and centre of upper breast... read more


    Thin quavering whistle and a repeated harsh buzzing chatter, typical of genus.


    Primary forest and tall secondary forest, from sea-level to mountains, to at least 800 m.

    Food and feeding

    Insects. Forages singly, in pairs and in mixed-species flocks. Moves up and down in foliage, with tail held raised; climbs nimbly through... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Solomon Group EBA. Fairly common in lowlands, becoming more common in mountain forests.

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2017). White-collared Monarch (Symposiachrus vidua). 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 17 November 2017).