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Island monarch

Island monarch
at Talaud Islands
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Monarcha
M. cinerascens
Binomial name
Monarcha cinerascens
(Temminck, 1827)

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  • Drymophila cinerascens

The island monarch (Monarcha cinerascens) is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae. It is found from Sulawesi to the Solomon Islands. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Taxonomy and systematics

The island monarch was originally described in the genus Drymophila. Alternate names include the grey-headed monarch, island grey-headed monarch, island grey-headed monarch flycatcher and islet monarch.


Ten subspecies are recognized:[2]

The former subspecies nigrirostris from northeastern New Guinea was lumped with impidiens in 2022.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2017). "Monarcha cinerascens". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T22707237A118764749. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22707237A118764749.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Monarchs – IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2023-01-23.

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