Black-naped Monarch

2020-10

Black-naped Monarch

©Sam Yeh / AFP via Getty Images

©Sam Yeh / AFP via Getty Images

Text|Cynthia LaiConsultant|Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute

One of Taiwan's local birds, the Black-naped Monarch has shiny blue feathers and unique breeding habits. These features make them popular among photographers. During their March-to-August breeding season, they carefully build their funnel-like nests. After mating, the female lays three eggs. The parents take turns caring for eggs as well as the chicks after they have hatched. The young ones grow up and start learning to fly in ten days.

Black-naped Monarch 
Binomial name:Hypothymis azurea oberholseri