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Black-winged monarch

Black-winged monarch
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Monarcha
M. frater
Binomial name
Monarcha frater

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Naturalis Biodiversity Center specimen

The black-winged monarch (Monarcha frater) is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae. It is found in Australia and on New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Taxonomy and systematics

Alternate names for the black-winged monarch include the black-chinned flycatcher, black-chinned monarch, black-winged flycatcher and black-winged monarch flycatcher. The alternate name 'black-chinned monarch' should not be confused with the species of the same name, Symposiachrus boanensis.


Four subspecies are recognized:[2]

  • M. f. fraterP.L. Sclater, 1874: Found in north-western New Guinea
  • M. f. kunupiHartert & Paludan, 1934: Found in west-central New Guinea
  • M. f. periophthalmicusSharpe, 1882: Originally described as a separate species. Found in central and south-eastern New Guinea
  • Pearly monarch (M. f. canescens) or pearly flycatcherSalvadori, 1876: Originally described as a separate species. Found on islands in the Torres Strait and north-eastern Australia


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Monarcha frater". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T22707240A111241893. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22707240A111241893.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.4". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/

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