Monarch-flycatchers (Monarchidae)

Silktail (Lamprolia victoriae) - HBW 11, p. 322

French: Monarque queue-de-soie German: Lamprolia Spanish: Monarca Lamprolia
Other common names: Satin Flycatcher(!)

Taxonomy: Lamprolia victoriae Finsch, 1874, Taveuni, Fiji.
Systematic position long uncertain; has been placed with e.g. Australasian robins (Petroicidae), and suggested as being possibly a member of the birds-of-paradise family (Paradisaeidae) or as constituting a separate family of its own. Currently regarded as an aberrant member of present family, but molecular-genetic studies required. Race kleinschmidti originally published as “klinesmithi”, based on anglicized version of the German collector’s name; original description nowhere mentions the correct, German spelling of collector’s name, so original spelling should stand; h.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Lamprolia victoriae Finsch, 1874, Taveuni, Fiji.
Systematic position long uncertain; has been placed with e.g. Australasian robins (Petroicidae), and suggested as being possibly a member of the birds-of-paradise family (Paradisaeidae) or as constituting a separate family of its own. Currently regarded as an aberrant member of present family, but molecular-genetic studies required. Race kleinschmidti originally published as “klinesmithi”, based on anglicized version of the German collector’s name; original description nowhere mentions the correct, German spelling of collector’s name, so original spelling should stand; however, prevailing usage, as now strongly supported by the Code, is overwhelmingly in favour of retaining “kleinschmidti”. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • kleinschmidti E. P. Ramsay, 1876 - E Vanua Levu (Natewa Peninsula), in N Fiji.
  • victoriae Finsch, 1874 - Taveuni (N Fiji).