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Minivets
   
   

Fig 1 : Flores Minivet - male


Fig 2 : Grey-chinned Minivet - female and male


Fig 3 : Grey-chinned Minivet - male


Fig 4 : Grey-chinned Minivet - female



 
 

Minivets comprise the genus Pericrocotus in the family Campephagidae.

They are small, slender birds with a relatively long tail. Colouration in the majority of species  comprises various attractive arrangements of black and pale grey contrasting with reddish-orange in males, and yellow in females. A minority of species are various shades of grey with black. Their bills are relatively short and blunt.

They build small, somewhat exposed, cup-like nests on top of slender tree branches.

These are insectivorous birds which tend to forage in the tree canopy, and appear constantly on the move. They may join 'bird waves', mixing with birds of other species in a feeding frenzy.

There are 13 species of Minivet, 12 of which occur in Southeast Asia, the other species being endemic to Japan.
 

Fig 1 :
Flores Minivet (Little Minivet) - male
Pericrocotus lansbergei
Habitat : Mixed lowland forest and agricultural area.
Location : Flores, Indonesia

Fig 2 :
Grey-chinned Minivet - female and male pair
Pericrocotus solaris
Habitat : Lower montane, primary rainforest
Location : Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia

Fig 3 :
Grey-chinned Minivet - male in flight
Pericrocotus solaris
Habitat : Lower montane, primary rainforest
Location : Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia

Fig 4 :
Grey-chinned Minivet - female
Pericrocotus solaris
Habitat : Lower montane, primary rainforest
Location : Fraser's Hill, Peninsular Malaysia