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SNOWY PALE GRAY AND RICH ORANGE COMBINE TO CREATE AN UNUSUALLY COMPELLING THOUGH EQUALLY STUNNING EXAMPLE OF AVIAN ARTISTRY!

SNOWY PALE GRAY AND RICH ORANGE COMBINE TO CREATE AN UNUSUALLY COMPELLING THOUGH EQUALLY STUNNING EXAMPLE OF AVIAN ARTISTRY!
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Combinations of snowy pale grey and rich orange combined with black create an unusually compelling combination.

MEET THE BLACK-WINGED MONARCH

The black-winged monarch (Monarcha frater) is a species of bird in the Monarchidae family. Adult birds have a bright gray color on the top, as well as the breast, while they carry a rich orange shade under the breast and belly. They have black wings, black face, throat and tail. There are black and white folds on the lower throat and upper breast.

Male and female birds look very similar in appearance.

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Juvenile birds lack the black coloring around the face adult birds have.

These birds are endemic to and found in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

These birds prefer natural habitats such as subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forested areas.

The diet of the Black-winged Monarch is not well known but thought to be mostly small to medium-size invertebrates.

Little is known about the breeding habits of this bird other than it occurs between August to January in New Guinea and October to March in North Eastern Australia (where there are very few records), and during the middle to late dry season and early wet season in the rest of their habitat in Australia.

Having a very large range this bird is regarded as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Photo Courtesy of JJ Harrison / CC BY-SA 3.0
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