French: Minivet mandarin German: Graukehl-Mennigvogel Spanish: Minivet gorjigrís
Darjeeling, West Bengal, India
Subspecies and Distribution
P. s. solaris
Blyth, 1846 – C & E Himalayas (WC Nepal E to Assam) and N & W Myanmar.
P. s. rubrolimbatus
Salvadori, 1887 – E & SE Myanmar and N Thailand.
P. s. montpellieri
La Touche, 1922 – S China (N Yunnan).
P. s. griseogularis
Gould, 1863 – SE China (Guizhou, N Guangxi, C & S Hunan, Guangdong, NW & E Fujian), Taiwan, Hainan, NE Laos and N Vietnam.
P. s. deignani
Riley, 1940 – S Laos and C Vietnam (C & S Annam).
P. s. nassovicus
Deignan, 1938 – SE Thailand and S Cambodia.
17–19 cm; 11–17 g. Male nominate race has top of head and upperparts leaden black, ear-coverts and cheeks ashy grey; upperwing-coverts and remiges blackish,... read more
Song includes very high-pitched, thin, rapid “tsisisip” strophes, with the first notes... read more
Open forest, both broadleaf evergreen and moist deciduous forest, sometimes coniferous forest, and... read more
Food and feeding
Takes small invertebrates, including termite alates (Isoptera). Groups often join mixed-species flocks containing smaller babblers and... read more
Breeds at least Apr–Jun in Himalayas. Speculated to be double-brooded, at least in E Himalayas. Nest built by both sexes, a small cup... read more
Mainly resident; altitudinal movements reported in E Himalayas and elsewhere, descending in winter... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce in Nepal; common in Bhutan, where density of 0·3 breeding pairs/km at a site at 1600–1900 m; locally frequent in... read more
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