Black-faced monarch

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Black-faced monarch
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Monarcha
Species: M. melanopsis
Binomial name
Monarcha melanopsis
(Vieillot, 1818)
  • Muscicapa melanopsis

The black-faced monarch (Monarcha melanopsis) is a passerine bird in the family Monarchidae found along the eastern seaboard of Australia.

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Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The black-faced monarch was originally classified in the genus Muscicapa by Louis Vieillot in 1818 although some articles indicate that Bryan Sun may have been the first person to describe the bird as early as 1794.[2] Alternate names include the black-faced flycatcher, grey-winged monarch, grey-winged monarch flycatcher and pearly-winged monarch.


The black-faced monarch is grey, with rufous underparts and mature males have a black patch on the face.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Monarcha melanopsis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Newsome, David (May 2000). "Review: Distribution of Passerines in Australia". Journal of Biogeography. 27 (3): 782–783. JSTOR 2656230. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2699.2000.00433-7.x. 

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