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Pale-blue monarch

Pale-blue monarch
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Hypothymis
H. puella
Binomial name
Hypothymis puella
(Wallace, 1863)

See text

  • Hypothymis azurea puella
  • Myiagra puella

The pale-blue monarch (Hypothymis puella) is a small passerine bird in the family Monarchidae endemic to eastern Indonesia.

Taxonomy and systematics

The pale-blue monarch was originally described in the genus Myiagra and then classified as subspecies of the widespread black-naped monarch, Hypothymis azurea, until split by the IOC in 2013 to describe a new species.[1] Some other authourities have not yet adopted this species split.[2] The alternate name Moluccan monarch should not be confused with the species of the same name, Symposiachrus bimaculatus. Additional alternate names for the pale-blue monarch include Pacific monarch (a name shared with the buff-bellied monarch), Pacific small monarch and small monarch.

Pale-blue monarch (Hypothymis puella) from Tangkoko, Sulawesi


Two subspecies are recognized:[3]

Behaviour and ecology

The pale-blue monarch is a forest species which builds a small cup nest. It has short legs and sits very upright whilst perched prominently, like a shrike. It is insectivorous, often hunting by flycatching.


  1. ^ "Species 3.1-3.5 « IOC World Bird List". Retrieved 2017-01-01.
  2. ^ "Hypothymis puella blasii - Avibase". Retrieved 2016-10-22.
  3. ^ "IOC World Bird List 6.3". IOC World Bird List Datasets. doi:10.14344/
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