Monarchidae (monarch flycatchers)

Phylogenetic placement: Passeri: Corvides: Corvoidea

Distribution: sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar, South, East and Southeast Asia, Philippines, Wallacea, New Guinea and Australia, Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia, Hawaii

Number of extant genera: 9

Number of extant species: ~97


Aggerbeck  M, Fjeldså J, Christidis L, Fabre PH, and Jønsson KA (2014) Resolving deep lineage divergences in core corvoid passerine birds supports a proto-Papuan island origin, Mol. Pylogenet. Evol. 70, 272-285. (abstract) 

Andersen MJ, Hosner PA, Filardi CE, and Moyle RG (2015), Phylogeny of the monarch flycatchers reveals extensive paraphyly and novel relationships within a major Australo-Pacific radiation, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 83, 118-136. (abstract) 

Andersen MJ, McCullough JM, Gyllenhaal EF, Mapel XM, Haryoko T, Jonsson KA, and Joseph L (2021), Complex histories of gene flow and a mitochondrial capture event in a nonsister pair of birds, Mol. Ecol. 30, 2087-103. (pdf) 

Bristol RM, Fabre PH, Irestedt M, Jonsson KA, Shah NJ, Tatayah V, Warren BH, and Groombridge JJ (2013), Molecular phylogeny of the Indian Ocean Terpsiphone paradise flycatchers: Undetected evolutionary diversity revealed amongst island populations, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 67, 336-347. (abstract)

Christidis L, and Boles WE (2008), Systematics and Taxonomy of Australian Birds, 288 pages. CSIRO, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia. (link)

Dickinson EC, Lee M, Cibois A, Boussès P, and Fuchs J (2019), Clarifying the nomenclature of Pomarea species (Monarchidae) from the Society Islands, Bull. Br. Ornithol. Club. 139, 65-47. (free pdf)

Fabre PH, Irestedt M, Fjeldså J, Bristol R, Groombridge JJ, Irham M, and Jønsson KA (2012), Dynamic colonization exchanges between continents and islands drives diversification in paradise-flycatchers (Terpsiphone, Monarchidae), J. Biogeogr. 39, 1900-18. (abstract)

Fabre PH, Moltensen M, Fjeldså J, Irestedt M, Lessard JP, and Jønsson KA (2014), Multiple waves of colonization by monarch flycatchers (Myiagra, Monarchidae) across the Indo-Pacific and their implications for coexistence and speciation, J. Biogeogr. 41, 274-286. (journal abstract) (author pdf) 

Filardi CE, and Moyle RG (2005), Single origin of a pan-Pacific bird group and upstream colonization of Australasia, Nature 438, 216-219. (abstract)

Filardi CE, and Smith CE (2005), Molecular phylogenetics of monarch flycatchers (genus Monarcha) with emphasis on Solomon Island endemics, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 37, 776-788. (abstract)

Fuchs J, Cruaud C, Couloux A, and Pasquet E (2007), Complex bio-geographic history of the cuckoo-shrikes and allies (Passeriformes: Campephagidae) revealed by mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 44, 138-153. (abstract)

Jønsson KA, Irestedt M, Fuchs J, Ericson PGP, Christidis L, Bowie RCK, Norman JA, Pasquet E, and Fjeldså  J (2008), Explosive avian radiations and multi-directional dispersal across Wallacea: Evidence from the Campephagidae and other crown Corvida (Aves), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 47, 221-236.  (abstract)

Jønsson KA, Fabre PH, Kennedy JD, Holt BG, Borregaard MK, Rahbek C, and Fjeldså J (2016), A supermatrix phylogeny of corvoid passerine birds (Aves: Corvides), Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 94, 87-94. (abstract) 

Kuhl H, Frankl-Vilches C, Bakker A, Mayr G, Nikolaus G, Boerno ST, Klages S, Timmermann B, and Gahr M (2021), An unbiased molecular approach using 3'UTRs resolves the avian family-level tree of life, MolBiolEvol. 38, 108-127. (pdf) 

McCullough JM, Oliveros CH, Benz BW, Zenil-Ferguson R, Cracraft J, Moyle RG, and Andersen MJ (2022), Wallacean and Melanesian islands promote higher rates of diversification within the global passerine radiation Corvides, Syst. Biol. 71, 1423-39, [and suppl. figure S6]. (free pdf)

Moyle RG, Oliveros CH, Andersen MJ, Hosner PA, Benz BW, Manthey JD, Travers SL, Brown RM, and Faircloth BC (2016), Tectonic collision and uplift of Wallacea triggered the global songbird radiation, Nat. Commun. 7, e:12709. (free pdf)

Oliveros CH, Field DJ, Ksepka DT, Barker KF, Aleixo A, Andersen MJ, Alström P, Benz BW, Braun EL, Braun MJ, Bravo GA, Brumfield RT, Chesser RT,  Claramunt S, Cracraft J, Cuervo AM, Derryberry EP, Glenn TC, Harvey MG, Hosner PA, Joseph L, Kimball RT, Mack AL, Miskelly CM, Peterson AT, Robbins MB, Sheldon FH, Silveira LF, Smith BT, White ND, Moyle RG, and Faircloth BC (2019), Earth history and the passerine superradiation, PNAS 116, 7915-25. (pdf) 

Ó Marcaigh F, O’Connell DP, Analuddin K, Lawless N, McKeon CM, Doyle N, Marples NM, and Kelly DJ (2022), Tramps in transition: genetic differentiation between populations of an iconic “supertramp” taxon in the Central Indo-Pacific, Front. Biogeogr. 14, e:54512. (free pdf) 

Pasquet E, Cibois A, Baillon F, and Érard C (2002), What are African monarchs (Aves, Passeriformes)? A phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial genes, C. R. Biol. 325, 107-118. (pdf)

Stiller J, Feng S, Chowdhury AA, Rivas-González I, Duchêne DA, Fang Q, Deng Y, Kozlov A, Stamatakis A, Claramunt S, Nguyen JMT, Ho SYW, Faircloth BC, Haag J, Houde P, Cracraft J, Balaban M, Mai U, Chen G, Gao R, Zhou C, Xie Y, Huang Z, Cao Z, Yan Z, Ogilvie HA, Nakhleh L, Lindow B, Morel B, Fjeldså J, Hosner PA, da Fonseca RR, Petersen B, Tobias JA, Székely T, Kennedy JD, Reeve AH, Liker A, Stervander M, Antunes A, Tietze DT, Bertelsen M, Lei F, Rahbek C, Graves GR, Schierup MH, Warnow T, Braun EL, Gilbert MTP, Jarvis ED, Mirarab S, and Zhang G (2024), Complexity of avian evolution revealed by family-level genomes, Nature (preview pdf)

VanderWerf EA, Young LC, Yeung NW, and Carlin DB (2010), Stepping stone speciation in Hawaii’s flycatchers: molecular divergence supports new endemics within the elevation, Conserv. Genet. 11, 1283-98. (abstract)