The Spectacled Monarch is found in coastal North-eastern and Eastern Australia, usually in or near thick understorey in rainforests, wet gullies and mangroves. It forages for insects mainly below the canopy in foliage and on tree trunks or vines.

The Black-faced Monarch is found in coastal eastern Australia, now less common in the South. It catches flying insects on the wing, or forage for insects among foliage in rainforests, eucalypt forests, coastal scrub and damp gullies.

Both species of Monarch builds a small cup nest of fine bark, plant fibres, moss and spider web in the fork of a tree.