Slaty monarch

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Slaty monarch
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Mayrornis
Species: M. lessoni
Binomial name
Mayrornis lessoni
(G.R. Gray, 1846)

See text

  • Rhipidura Lessoni

The slaty monarch (Mayrornis lessoni) is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae endemic to Fiji. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The slaty monarch was originally described in the genus Rhipidura. Alternate names include cinereous flycatcher, Fiji flycatcher, Fiji slaty flycatcher, slaty flycatcher (an alternate name shared with the Vanikoro monarch) and white-tipped slaty flycatcher.


There are two subspecies recognized:[2]

  • M. l. lessoni - (G.R. Gray, 1846): found in western and central Fiji Islands
  • M. l. orientalis - Mayr, 1933: found in eastern Fiji Islands