Iphis monarch

Iphis monarch

Iphis monarch, Ua huka flycatcher

2 languages
Pomarea iphis

The Iphis monarch (Pomarea iphis ), or Ua Huka flycatcher, is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae. It is endemic to French Polynesia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, and plantations.



Biogeographical realms

The Iphis monarch is endemic to the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia and is restricted to the island of Ua Huka. In 1998 an ornithological study estimated that approximately 500 to 1,200 pairs lived on Ua Huka. This corresponds to about 2-5 pairs per hectare.

Habits and Lifestyle

Nesting pairs of birds where found from anywhere between 30 and 650 meters in elevation on Ua Huka. This bird prefers mid-elevation moist forest and lowland dry forest on the eastern coast of Ua Huka where it forages in dense brush for insects. The Iphis monarch hunts for insects by gleaning insects from branches. This bird also has been known to hunt at night for insects.

Seasonal behavior


1. Iphis monarch Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iphis_monarch
2. Iphis monarch on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22734314/119194254

More Fascinating Animals to Learn About