Species Profile and Threats Database

For information to assist proponents in referral, environmental assessments and compliance issues, refer to the Policy Statements and Guidelines (where available), the Conservation Advice (where available) or the Listing Advice (where available).
In addition, proponents and land managers should refer to the Recovery Plan (where available) or the Conservation Advice (where available) for recovery, mitigation and conservation information.

EPBC Act Listing Status Listed marine
Listed migratory - Bonn
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
List of Migratory Species (13/07/2000) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000b) [Legislative Instrument].
Declaration under section 248 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of Marine Species (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000c) [Legislative Instrument].
Non-statutory Listing Status
IUCN: Listed as Least Concern (Global Status: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: 2013.1 list)
Scientific name Monarcha frater [607]
Family Dicruridae:Passeriformes:Aves:Chordata:Animalia
Species author Sclater,1874
Infraspecies author  
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

The Convention on Migratory Species (the Bonn Convention) uses Morony and colleagues (1975) treatment of bird species. As such, this species is Migratory under the family Muscicapidae (sensu lato) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Transportation and Service Corridors:Shipping Lanes:Collision with shipping infrastructure Monarcha frater in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006qm) [Internet].

BA NRS (2002). Birds Australia Nest Record Scheme.

Barker, R.D. & W.J.M. Vestjens (1990). The Food of Australian Birds. 2. Passerines. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

Bell, H.L. (1984). The importance of foothill forest in the diversity of rainforest birds in New Guinea. Emu. 84:225-235.

Beruldsen, G.R. (1990). Cape York in the wet. Australian Bird Watcher. 13:209-217.

Beruldsen, G.R. (2002). Personal communication.

Beruldsen, G.R., & K. Uhlenhut (1995). Cape York in the wet (Part Two). Australian Bird Watcher. 16:3-10.

Blakers, M., S.J.J.F. Davies & P.N. Reilly (1984). The Atlas of Australian Birds. Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne University Press.

Coates, B.J. (1990a). The Birds of Papua New Guinea Including the Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville. Volume 2 Passerines. Alderley, Queensland: Dove Publications.

Draffan, R.D.W., S.T. Garnett & G.J. Malone (1983). Birds of the Torres Strait: an annotated list and biogeographic analysis. Emu. 83:207-234.

Ingram, G.J., N.W. Longmore & D.P. Vernon (1986). Birds from Booby Island. Sunbird. 16:12-24.

Keast, A. (1958g). Variation and speciation in Australian Flycatchers. Records of the Australian Museum. 24:73-108.

MacGillivray, W. (1915). Descriptions of nests and eggs of Monarcha canescens and Neochmia phaeton albiventer. Emu. 15:36-37.

MacGillivray, W. (1918). Ornithologists in North Queensland. Emu. 17:180-212.

Mack, A.L., & D.D. Wright (1996). Notes on the occurrence and feeding of birds at Crater Mountain Biological research Station, Papua New Guinea. Emu. 96:89-101.

Magarry, D. (1983). Black-winged Monarch near Cairns, North Queensland. Sunbird. 13:36-37.

Morony, J., W. Bock & J. Farrand (1975). Reference List of the Birds of the World. American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Nielsen, L. (1996). Birds of Queensland's Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Gerard Industries, Bowden.

Nielsen, L. (2002). Personal communication.

Officer, H.R. (1969). Australian Flycatchers and Their Allies. Melbourne: The Bird Observers Club.

Roberts, R.G. (1975). Birds of Gemmills Swamp. Australian Bird Watcher. 6:61-68.

Schodde, R. & I.J. Mason (1999). The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

Stokes, T. (1983). Bird casualties in 1975-76 at the Booby Island Lightstation, Torres Strait. Sunbird. 13:53-58.

Storr, G.M. (1984c). Revised list of Queensland birds. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement. 19:1-189.

Werren, G.L., & G.C. Barwell (1987). Records of the Trumpet Manucode and the rare Blue-faced Finch in a bird list from the Carbine Tableland, far North Queensland. Sunbird. 17:99-103.

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This database is designed to provide statutory, biological and ecological information on species and ecological communities, migratory species, marine species, and species and species products subject to international trade and commercial use protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act). It has been compiled from a range of sources including listing advice, recovery plans, published literature and individual experts. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, no guarantee is given, nor responsibility taken, by the Commonwealth for its accuracy, currency or completeness. The Commonwealth does not accept any responsibility for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the information contained in this database. The information contained in this database does not necessarily represent the views of the Commonwealth. This database is not intended to be a complete source of information on the matters it deals with. Individuals and organisations should consider all the available information, including that available from other sources, in deciding whether there is a need to make a referral or apply for a permit or exemption under the EPBC Act.

Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Monarcha frater in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:03:01 +1000.