Paperbark Flycatcher
Paperbark Flycatcher Male ( Myiagra nana ) AU-PBFC-02 MWC WA July 2013-L
Common Name Little Restless Flycatcher
Range northern Australia and southern New Guinea.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Monarchidae
Genus Myiagra
Species Myiagra nana
Conservation Status
Least Concern

The Paperbark flycatcher (Myiagra nana), also known as the little restless flycatcher, is a monarch flycatcher in the Monarchidae family. It occurs in tropical woodland and riverine habitats of northern Australia and southern New Guinea. It has often been lumped as a distinctive subspecies of the restless flycatcher (Myiagra inquieta) of southern and eastern Australia, with which it forms a superspecies.


riginally described as Seisura nana by John Gould in 1870, the paperbark flycatcher was long treated as a subspecies of the restless flycatcher, until Schodde and Mason identified the distinctness and lack of intergrading in closely situated populations of the two parapatric taxa.

Distribution and Habitat

The flycatcher is found in northern Australia, from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, across the Top End of the Northern Territory, to the Gulf Country and south-western Cape York Peninsula of north-west Queensland, with a population on Saibai Island in Torres Strait. It is also found in southern New Guinea from Merauke eastwards to the Bensbach River in the Middle Fly District. The paperbark flycatcher does not overlap in distribution with the restless; although their ranges abut in northern Queensland there are no signs of intergradation between the two species, and in the area where the ranges meet most of the restless flycatchers are non-breeding migrants.

In Australia the paperbark flycatcher inhabits tropical eucalypt woodlands, paperbark woodlands and dry riverine woodlands. In New Guinea, where it is locally common along the lower reaches of the Bensbach River, it frequents scrub, partly submerged trees, and sedgeland bordering rivers on floodplains and savanna.


A conspicuous bird, the paperbark flycatcher is usually seen in pairs or singly. It sweeps its tail restlessly from side to side and often hovers near the ground when searching for food.


Nesting habits in New Guinea are undescribed. In northern Australia breeding takes place from November to January. The nest is a neat cup built of bark shreds and grass stems in the fork of a dead shrub near water. One whitish egg, spotted reddish-brown and grey, is laid.

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