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Mussau monarch

Mussau monarch
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Symposiachrus
S. menckei
Binomial name
Symposiachrus menckei
(Heinroth, 1902)
  • Monarcha menckei
  • Symposiarchus menckei

The Mussau monarch (Symposiachrus menckei), also known as the white-breasted monarch, is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae. It is endemic to the Bismarck Archipelago of Papua New Guinea. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and rural gardens. It is threatened by habitat loss.

Taxonomy and systematics

The Mussau monarch was originally placed in the genus Monarcha until moved to Symposiachrus in 2009.[2] Alternate names include Mencke's monarch, Mussau Island monarch, Mussau pied monarch and St. Matthias monarch. The species name is after Bruno Mencke who supported the expedition on which the species was collected by Oskar Heinroth.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2019). "Symposiachrus menckei". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2019: e.T22707313A156284426. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22707313A156284426.en. Retrieved 15 November 2021.
  2. ^ "IOC Bird List v2.0". 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2016.

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