Black-faced Monarch Monarcha melanopsis
Black-faced Monarch, Paluma, Queensland, Australia, December 2010 - click for larger image Paluma, Queensland, Australia
December 2010

The Black-faced Monarch is distributed in eastern Australia. Some of its movements are little known but its summer range extends south to east of Melbourne. These birds migrate north during the austral winter and some birds overwinter in Papua New Guinea. The population in eastern Queensland seems to be made up of resident birds plus migrating birds depending on the time of year.

It is not a very active flycatcher and tends to catch its prey of insects and spiders on branches and leaves rather than catching them on the wing.

There is more information available via Avibase.

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