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Black-faced Monarch

(Monarcha melanopsis)
Alternate name(s): "Black-faced Flycatcher", "Carinated Flycatcher", "Pearly-winged Flycatcher"
Size: 16-20 cm
Weight: 17-20 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-faced Monarch at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Fontal view of a Black-faced Monarch (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, March 2017]

Lateral view of a Black-faced Monarch (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2013]

Lateral view of a Black-faced Monarch
[Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

Dorsal view of a Black-faced Monarch
[Limeburners Creek NP, NSW, October 2013]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Near-lateral view of a juvenile Black-faced Monarch (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, April 2017]

Lateral view of a juvenile Black-faced Monarch (photo courtesy of L. Scott)
[Roseberry Creek Valley, near Toonumbar NP, northern NSW, March 2017]

Lateral view of a juvenile Black-faced Monarch (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, February 2017]

Lateral view of a juvenile Black-faced Monarch, now with its head turned (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, February 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a juvenile Black-faced Monarch (photo courtesy of A. Campbell)
[Mount McEuen, QLD, April 2017]

There is a separate page showing an adult Black-faced Monarch feeding a dependent young.

Breeding information

Breeding season: Oct - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: ? Fledging age: ?

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Casuarina leaves, moss, webs; very fine, hair-like lining Height above ground: 2 - 5 m

Black-faced Monarch incubating eggs (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, December 2017]

Black-faced Monarch on its typical moss-coated nest (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, December 2017]

Black-faced Monarch carrying material to apply the finishing touches to its nest (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, December 2017]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 23 x 17 mm Colour: Off-white, with large brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Food, Diet

Like all other members of the Monarcha family, Black-faced Monarchs are insect hunters. They usually take them from foliage.

Frontal view of a Black-faced Monarch with its prey, a grasshopper (photo courtesy of R. Plumtree)
[Ensay North, East Gippsland, VIC, April 2013]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

blkfmon_art_20131210.m4a (SE QLD) Contact calls © ART
blkfmon_20160314.m4a (SE QLD) Contact calls (Q&A) © MD

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