Monarch Flycatchers

Of the 13 species in Australia only the Pied Monarch Arses kaupi and the White-eared Monarch Carterornis leucotis are endemic, although both the Satin Flycatcher Myiagra cyanoleuca and Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis are believed to breed only in Australia. Most species are small insectivores with broad, compressed bills and slender legs. A notable exception is the considerably larger Magpie-lark Grallina cyanoleuca, which is primarily terrestrial.

Scientific name: Monarchidae (family)

Black-faced Monarch

This beautiful bird, with blue-grey head, throat and upperparts, black face and russet underparts, is perhaps the most familiar of the monarchs.  Within Australia there are two distinct groups of monarchs.  The first, which contains the Black-faced Monarch, consists of three similarly coloured species and one species, the White-eared Monarch, which is black and white. The Rare Black-winged Monarch i...