Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Near Threatened

Fiery Minivet (Pericrocotus igneus)


French: Minivet flamboyant German: Feuermennigvogel Spanish: Minivet encendido

P[ericrocotus]. igneus


, 1846,

Melaka, Peninsular Malaysia


Sometimes treated as conspecific with P. cinnamomeus (which see); genetic data#R support their treatment as sisters. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. igneus Blyth, 1846 – S Myanmar (Tenasserim), S Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra (including Nias I, Bangka and Belitung), Borneo and SW Philippines (Palawan).
  • P. i. trophis Oberholser, 1912 – Simeulue I, off W Sumatra.
  • Descriptive notes

    15–16·5 cm; 14–16 g. Nominate male has head, mantle and scapulars glossy black, back to uppertail-coverts rich orange-red; wings glossy black, outer webs... read more


    Rising “swee-eet” call.


    Forest and forest edges, in mature and well-regenerated vegetation; also in woodland, old... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats small arthropods, including ants (Formicidae) and small beetles (Coleoptera). Forages in canopy, gleaning from foliage; visits fig... read more


    Breeds in Apr–May (start of rains), and dependent fledglings recorded also Jun–Jul, in Malay Peninsula; in Dec (dry season) in... read more


    None recorded.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near-threatened. Regular and more or less common in S Myanmar and Peninsular Malaysia, but uncommon in Thailand; extinct in... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Fiery Minivet (Pericrocotus igneus). 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).