Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus)


French: Minivet cendré German: Graumennigvogel Spanish: Minivet ceniciento

Lanius divaricatus


, 1822,



May be strongly linked to P. cantonensis and P. roseus, based on genetic data#R. Until recently considered conspecific with P. tegimae (which see). Monotypic.


SE Siberia (S from C Amurland), NE China (mainly Heilongjiang and Jilin), Korea and Japan; non-breeding mainly SE Asia, Sumatra, Borneo and Philippines, also regularly India.

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; 20–28 g. Male has white forecrown, narrow black forehead band, black from lores to behind eye, across ear-coverts and extending over rear crown and nape... read more


Has metallic, jingling, somewhat cicada-like and rapidly ascending trill, e.g. “hirihirihirin... read more


Evergreen and deciduous forests, secondary growth, woodland and areas with scattered trees; also... read more

Food and feeding

Diet mainly small invertebrates, including caterpillars (Lepidoptera) and, especially, flying insects, but no documented details; has been... read more


Breeds May–Jun in Siberia; May–Jul in Japan. Nest built by female, accompanied by and sometimes assisted by male, a cup of... read more


Long-distance migrant, present on breeding grounds May–Sept in Siberia and mid Apr–Sept... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Fairly common in China; recently listed as Vulnerable in Japan, where fairly common but local and declining since the 1980s, with... read more

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).