Black-faced Monarch (species: Monarcha (Monarcha) melanopsis) in Australian Birds (Gaia Guide)
Monarcha (Monarcha) melanopsis
Black-faced Monarch

©Ian Peden: Male Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha (Monarcha) melanopsis)

©David Cook: Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha (Monarcha) melanopsis), Rocky Hall, NSW, Australia

©Tom Tarrant: Female Black-faced Monarch (Black-faced Monarch)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Monarchidae
Genus Monarcha
Species Monarcha (Monarcha) melanopsis
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is grey, with rufous underparts and males have a black patch on the face. (Wikipedia)


  • From 15 cm to 20 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Black-faced Monarch (Monarcha (Monarcha) melanopsis)

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Black-faced Monarch is found along the entire eastern seaboard of Australia. It is a forest dweller. (Wikipedia)

Audio recordings


Royal National Park, New South Wales in Australia

© Marc Anderson


Brown River area, near Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea

© Niels Poul Dreyer

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