Family Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Near Threatened

White-tailed Monarch (Symposiachrus leucurus)


French: Monarque des Kaï German: Weißschwanzmonarch Spanish: Monarca coliblanco

Monarcha leucura

G. R. Gray

, 1858,

Kai Island




Kai Is (Kai Kecil, Kai Besar, Baer), S of W New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm. A small to medium-sized, strikingly black-and-white monarch. Entire head and upperparts, including upperwing, are glossy bluish-black; central tail feathers... read more


A series of up to 4 clear, descending but drawn-out and high-pitched whistles; also a series of... read more


Woodland, from lowland primary and secondary forest and coastal, monsoon and hill forest to... read more

Food and feeding

Food mainly small invertebrates. Solitary or in pairs, also in mixed-species flocks. Forages within foliage at around middle-storey level,... read more


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA. Common or very common, and found in all woodland... read more

Recommended citation

Clement, P. (2020). White-tailed Monarch (Symposiachrus leucurus). 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).