Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Least Concern

White-naped Monarch (Carterornis pileatus)


French: Monarque à nuque blanche German: Weißhalsmonarch Spanish: Monarca nuquiblanco

Monarcha pileatus


, 1878,



Usually considered conspecific with C. castus, but differences substantial (see below). Genetic (mtDNA) divergence between nominate race and buruensis apparently relatively deep#R; further research required. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. pileatus (Salvadori, 1878) – Halmahera, in N Moluccas.
  • C. p. buruensis (A. B. Meyer, 1884) – #RBuru, in S Moluccas.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–15 cm. A smallish monarch with pied plumage and distinctive head pattern. Male nominate race has white head with forecrown, lores and area through eye to nape and... read more


    A series of chattering, semi-musical and squabbling, slightly nasal notes followed by single, drawn... read more


    Lowland and hill semi-evergreen forests, including partially logged forests and forest edges; also... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well known, mostly small invertebrates. Occasionally solitary or in pairs; more often in small groups of up to five individuals... read more


    No information.



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA, Buru EBA and Northern Maluku EBA. Fairly or locally common. Race castus is... read more

    Recommended citation

    Clement, P. (2017). White-naped Monarch (Carterornis pileatus). 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 22 November 2017).