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Celestial monarch

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Passeriformes
Genus  Hypothymis
Higher classification  Hypothymis
Phylum  Chordata
Family  Monarchidae
Scientific name  Hypothymis coelestis
Rank  Species
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Similar  Short‑crested monarch, Bird, Rufous paradise flycatcher, Blue paradise flycatcher, Manus monarch

Celestial 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.


Celestial monarch Celestial Monarch Hypothymis coelestis Bram Demeulemeester Flickr

Taxonomy and systematics

An alternate name for the celestial monarch is the celestial blue monarch.


Two subspecies are recognized:

Celestial monarch Celestial Monarch Hypothymis coelestis videos photos and sound
  • H. c. coelestis - Tweeddale, 1877: Found on Luzon, Samar, Dinagat, Mindanao, Basilan and Tawi-Tawi.
  • H. c. rabori - Rand, 1970: Found on Sibuyan and Negros. This subspecies has not been recorded since 1959 and may now be extinct.
  • Habitat

    Celestial monarch Celestial Monarch nomadbirder

    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.

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