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Birds

Black-naped
Monarch

Least Concern

Stable

Black-naped Monarch

Hypothymis azurea

The Black-naped Monarch is a slim and agile passerine bird belonging to the family of monarch flycatchers. They are sexually dimorphic with males having a distinctive black patch on the back of the head and a narrow black half collar while the female is duller and lacks the black markings. They have a call that is similar to that of the Asian Paradise Flycatcher and in tropical forest habitats pairs may join mixed-species foraging flocks. Populations differ slightly in plumage color and sizes.

The adult male Black-naped Monarch is 15 cm long, and is mainly pale azure blue apart from a whitish lower belly. It has a black nape and a narrow black gorget. The female is duller and lacks the black markings. Her wings and back are grey-brown. There are however several geographically separated breeding populations that differ in the extent and shade of markings.

Black-naped Blue Flycatcher, Black-naped Blue Warbler

Regional Names
  • Assamese:
    ৰাজকোঁৱৰ
  • Bengali:
    কালাঘাড় রাজন
  • Gujarati:
    ભૂરો માખીમાર, નીલપંખો
  • Malayalam:
    വെൺനീലി
  • Marathi:
    नीलमणी, जांभळी लिटकुरी
  • Nepali:
    राजचरी
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Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
MONARCHIDAE
Hypothymis azurea

Black-naped Monarch

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