French: Largebec à poitrine jaune German: Gelbbauch-Flachschnabel Spanish: Monarca piquiplano pechiamarillo
Cape York, Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
M. f. albifrons
G. R. Gray, 1862 – Waigeo, in West Papuan Is.
M. f. albigula
Mayr & Meyer de Schauensee, 1939 – West Papuan Is (Salawati, Misool) and W & NC New Guinea E to Astrolabe Bay.
M. f. novus
Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1912 – N coast of SE Peninsula of New Guinea (Huon Peninsula S to Watut Valley and Holnicote Bay).
M. f. xanthogenys
G. R. Gray, 1858 – Aru Is and S & SE New Guinea E to Milne Bay.
M. f. flaviventer
Gould, 1851 – NE Australia (N & E Cape York Peninsula).
M. f. secundus
Mathews, 1912 – NE Queensland (Shipton’s Flat inland to Atherton Tablelands, and S to Townsville area).
11–12·5 cm; 9–10 g. Small aberrant flycatcher with distinctive plumage; unusually broad flat bill with distinct keel on upper mandible is shaped like an... read more
Vocal, often heard. Typical contact series in Australia a musical, shivering “chip chip wee... read more
Rainforest, gallery forest, thick secondary growth and forest edge; mainly lowlands, locally to... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects. Seen singly or in pairs; often a member of mixed-species feeding flocks, including gerygones (Gerygone), Little... read more
Breeds Aug–Mar in Australia; probably single-brooded. Nest built by both sexes, a small, unusually frail, lace-like shallow basket of... read more
Mainly resident; some local post-breeding wandering to wet sclerophyll or more open adjacent forest... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in Australia (Queensland); thinly distributed and somewhat uncommon in New Guinea. Much of the Australian habitat is protected within... read more
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