Higher classification Hypothymis
Scientific name Hypothymis coelestis
|Similar Short‑crested monarch, Bird, Rufous paradise flycatcher, Blue paradise flycatcher, Manus monarch|
The celestial monarch (Hypothymis coelestis) is a species of bird in the family Monarchidae, and one of the most attractive of all the monarch flycatchers, with its spectacular blue crest and large yellow eye-ring (neither of which are illustrated in the facing painting). It is endemic to the Philippines.
Taxonomy and systematics
An alternate name for the celestial monarch is the celestial blue monarch.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests. This beautiful insectivore is declining rapidly, with recent surveys revealing its presence at only 10 sites. Widespread and continuing reduction of its lowland habitat leaves its population severely fragmented and its status is vulnerable according to the Red Data Book of Threatened Birds of Asia.