Tinian monarch

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Tinian monarch
Tinian Monarch Monarcha takatsukasae photographed on Tinian Island in 2012 by Devon Pike.jpg
Tinian monarch (Monarcha takatsukasae)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Monarchidae
Genus: Monarcha
Species: M. takatsukasae
Binomial name
Monarcha takatsukasae
(Yamashina, 1931)
Synonyms
  • Metabolus takatsukasae
  • Monarcharses takatsukasae

The Tinian monarch (Monarcha takatsukasae) is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae. It is endemic to the Northern Mariana Islands.

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

Some authorities consider the Tinian monarch to belong to the genus Metabolus. Alternate names include Tinian flycatcher and Tinian Island monarch.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

The Tinian monarch was formerly endemic to Tinian until introduced to Guguan, Northern Mariana Islands in 2015 and 2016 where it has now bred successfully.[2] The natural habitats of the Tinian monarch are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist shrubland.

Status[edit]

The Tinian monarch is threatened by habitat loss and is assessed as Vulnerable by the IUCN. It has been delisted as endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, see the Draft Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan. The current population of Tinian monarchs is estimated to be over 38,000 individuals.

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Metabolus takatsukasae". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22707336A94118145. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22707336A94118145.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Metabolus takatsukasae (Tinian Monarch)". www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved 2017-07-11. 

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