Chuuk monarch

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Chuuk monarch
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Metabolus
Bonaparte, 1854
Species: M. rugensis
Binomial name
Metabolus rugensis
(Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841)

The Chuuk monarch, or Truk monarch (Metabolus rugensis) is a species of bird in the Monarchidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Metabolus.[2] It is endemic to the island of Chuuk in Micronesia.

The Chuuk monarch is a large monarch flycatcher, around 20 cm long. The plumage of this species is sexually dimorphic, with the male having almost entirely white plumage with a black face and throat and the female having entirely black plumage. The large bill is pale blue.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, and plantations. It is threatened by habitat loss, with the development of the island and the loss of its forest home.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Metabolus rugensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Thomas M. Brooks, John D. Pilgrim, Ana S. L. Rodrigues & Gustavo A. B. Da Fonseca (2005). "Conservation status and geographic distribution of avian evolutionary history". In Andy Purvis, John L. Gittleman & Thomas Brooks. Phylogeny and Conservation. Conservation Biology 8. Cambridge University Press. pp. 267–294. ISBN 978-0-521-82502-3. 

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