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Black-naped Monarch - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Black-naped Blue Monarch

Male
Photo by Romy Ocon
Mount Makiling, Laguna Province, Philippines, July 2004
Hypothymis azurea

Identification

15–17 cm, (6-6¾ in)
Male

  • Pale blue head, chest, back and tail
  • Wings are a darker blue
  • Thin black throat band
  • Whitish lower belly
  • Black nape, gorget and crest
Female
Photo by kctsang
Sepilok, Sabah, Eastern Malaysia, May 2007

Female: duller

  • Lacks black markings
  • Grey-brown back, breast, wings and tail

Distribution

From India and Sri Lanka east to Indochina, southern China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore (rare and local), Indonesia and the Philippines.

Taxonomy

Pale-blue Monarch was formerly included in this species.

Subspecies

Sub-adult
Photo by robby thai
Mae Wong National Park, Thailand, August 2015

Several subspecies, including many island forms[1]:

Habitat

Disturbed mixed deciduous forest, forest edge and second growth, with thick undergrowth, at heights up to 1,500m.

Behaviour

Breeding

A small cup nest is built from fine grasses and moss, placed in a tree. The clutch consists of 3 eggs.

Diet

The diet includes insects.

Vocalisation

Song: Hui-hui-hui or pwee-pwee-pwee.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birding in Taiwan
  4. Wikipedia

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