Family Monarchidae

Monarch flycatchers form a large and diverse family of birds spread across Africa, Asia and Oceania. There are many species in Australia, with only a few arriving in Canberra gardens. Most are birds of forests and woodlands and sally forth from set perches to capture insects on the wing. The Magpie-lark, an overgrown flycatcher, is a resident terrestrial feeder, as is generally the Willie Wagtail. Most other flycatchers are migratory or partially so. The Black-faced Monarch, an inhabitant of rain forest and wet eucalypt forest, is a rare visitor (6) to Canberra suburbs.