Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

White-eared Monarch (Carterornis leucotis)


French: Monarque oreillard German: Weißohrmonarch Spanish: Monarca orejudo

Monarcha leucotis


, 1851,

#R, Cape York, north-east Queensland, Australia




Coastal NE & E Queensland and extreme NE New South Wales (Northern Rivers region), in NE Australia.

Descriptive notes

13–15 cm; 10–17·5 g. A small to medium-sized flycatcher with bold black-and-white plumage. Head is black with distinctive pattern of white patches in front... read more


Most frequent call a far-carrying and flute-like “beetaloo beetaloo”, a 3-note “... read more


Primary and secondary lowland and coastal rainforests, also occasionally in dry and wet sclerophyll... read more

Food and feeding

Food items not well known; mostly small invertebrates, including beetles (Coleoptera) and orthopterans. Solitary, in pairs or in small... read more


Season Aug–Jan. Territorial. Nest, built by both sexes, usually a deep cup of moss, grass, bark strips, casuarina (Casuarina... read more


Sedentary or partial altitudinal migrant, but pattern of movements not well understood. Some post-... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Locally common in N of range; uncommon or rare farther S.

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2017). White-eared Monarch (Carterornis leucotis). 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 20 November 2017).