Species Profile and Threats Database

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EPBC Act Listing Status Listed marine as Monarcha trivirgatus
Listed migratory - Bonn as Symposiachrus trivirgatus
Adopted/Made Recovery Plans
Federal Register of
    Legislative Instruments
List of Migratory Species (13/07/2000) (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000b) [Legislative Instrument] as Monarcha trivirgatus.
Declaration under section 248 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - List of Marine Species (Commonwealth of Australia, 2000c) [Legislative Instrument] as Monarcha trivirgatus.
Scientific name Symposiachrus trivirgatus [83946]
Family Dicruridae:Passeriformes:Aves:Chordata:Animalia
Species author (Temminck, 1826)
Infraspecies author  
Other names Monarcha trivirgatus [610]
Distribution map Species Distribution Map

This is an indicative distribution map of the present distribution of the species based on best available knowledge. See map caveat for more information.

Illustrations Google Images

The Convention on Migratory Species (the Bonn Convention) uses Morony and colleagues (1975) treatment of bird species. As such, this species is Migratory under the family Muscicapidae (sensu lato) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The following table lists known and perceived threats to this species. Threats are based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) threat classification version 1.1.

Threat Class Threatening Species References
Agriculture and Aquaculture:Agriculture and Aquaculture:Land clearing, habitat fragmentation and/or habitat degradation Monarcha trivirgatus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006qo) [Internet].
Invasive and Other Problematic Species and Genes:Invasive Non-Native/Alien Species:Competition and/or predation Rattus rattus (Black Rat, Ship Rat) Monarcha trivirgatus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006qo) [Internet].
Residential and Commercial Development:Housing and Urban Areas:Habitat loss, modification and fragmentation due to urban development Monarcha trivirgatus in Species Profile and Threats (SPRAT) database (Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006qo) [Internet].

BA NRS (2002). Birds Australia Nest Record Scheme.

Barker, R.D. & W.J.M. Vestjens (1990). The Food of Australian Birds. 2. Passerines. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

Barrett, G., A. Silcocks, S. Barry, R. Poulter & R. Cunningham (2002b). Australian Bird Atlas 1998-2001 Main Report To Environment Australia. Melbourne: Birds Australia.

Beruldsen, G.R. (1979). Ten days at Weipa, Cape York Peninsula. Australian Bird Watcher. 8:128-132.

Beruldsen, G.R. (2002). Personal communication.

Blakers, M., S.J.J.F. Davies & P.N. Reilly (1984). The Atlas of Australian Birds. Melbourne, Victoria: Melbourne University Press.

Bravery, J.A. (1970). The birds of Atherton Shire, Queensland. Emu. 70:49-63.

Campbell, A.J. (1900). Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds. Sheffield, Private.

Chafer, C.J. (1997). Spectacled Monarch in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven Region of NSW. Australian Birds. 30:51-52.

Coates, B.J. (1990a). The Birds of Papua New Guinea Including the Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville. Volume 2 Passerines. Alderley, Queensland: Dove Publications.

Crome, F.H.J. (1978). Foraging ecology of an assemblage of birds in lowland rainforest in northeastern Queensland. Australian Journal of Ecology. 3:195-212.

Draffan, R.D.W., S.T. Garnett & G.J. Malone (1983). Birds of the Torres Strait: an annotated list and biogeographic analysis. Emu. 83:207-234.

Finch, B.W., T. Kenney & M. Cameron (1980). A Spectacled Monarch (Monarcha trivirgatus) at the Ironbark Basin, Point Addis, Victoria. Geelong Naturalist. 17(3):18-19.

Frith, C.B & D.W. Frith (1993). Notes on birds found nesting at Iron Range, Cape York Peninsula, November-December 1990. Sunbird. 23:44--57.

Gill, H.B. (1970). Birds of Innisfail and hinterland. Emu. 70:105-116.

Gosper, D.G. (1992). Forest bird communities of the Richmond River District, New South Wales. Corella. 16:78-88.

Griffioen, P.A. & M.F. Clarke (2002). Large-scale bird-movement patterns evident in eastern Australian atlas data. Emu. 102:99--125.

Huggett, A.J. (2000). An experimental study of the impact of gaps and clusters silviculture on insectivorous birds in a continuous forest landscape. Ph.D. Thesis. University of New England, Armidale, NSW.

Huggett, A.J. (2002). Personal communication.

Hughes, B. & P. Hughes (1980). Notes on flycatchers at Widgee. Sunbird. 11:222-223.

Laurance, W.F., C.E. Gordon & E. Perry (1996). Structure of breeding bird communities in rainforest and regrowth forest in tropical Queensland. Sunbird. 26:1-15.

Lavery, H.J., D. Seton & J.A. Bravery (1968). Breeding seasons of birds in north-eastern Australia. Emu. 68:133-147.

MacGillivray, W. (1918). Ornithologists in North Queensland. Emu. 17:180-212.

Morony, J., W. Bock & J. Farrand (1975). Reference List of the Birds of the World. American Museum of Natural History, New York.

Morris, A.K., A.R. McGill & G. Holmes (1981). Handlist of Birds in New South Wales. Sydney: NSW Field Ornithologists Club.

North, A.J. (1901-1914). Nests and Eggs of Birds Found Breeding in Australia and Tasmania. Sydney, NSW: Australian Museum.

Noske, R., & G. Brennan (1993). First record of the Spectacled Monarch Monarcha trivirgatus for the Northern Territory. Northern Territory Naturalist. 14:32-33.

Officer, H.R. (1969). Australian Flycatchers and Their Allies. Melbourne: The Bird Observers Club.

Schodde, R. & I.J. Mason (1999). The Directory of Australian Birds: Passerines. Melbourne, Victoria: CSIRO.

Storr, G.M. (1973). List of Queensland birds. Special Publication of the Western Australian Museum. 5.

Storr, G.M. (1984c). Revised list of Queensland birds. Records of the Western Australian Museum Supplement. 19:1-189.

Wieneke, J. (1988). The birds of Magnetic Island, North Queensland. Sunbird. 18:1-22.

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Citation: Department of the Environment (2014). Symposiachrus trivirgatus in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Wed, 3 Sep 2014 09:19:36 +1000.