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

Black-faced Monarch

What does it look and sound like?   This beautiful bird, with blue-grey head, throat and upperparts, black face and russet underparts, is perhaps the most familiar of the monarchs. It is similar in colouration to both the Spectacled and Black-winged Monarchs. It's call is a distinctive “why-you-which-yew”. Where does it live?  It is found along the eastern coast, south to Melbourne, while the White-f...