Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)


French: Minivet mandarin German: Graukehl-Mennigvogel Spanish: Minivet gorjigrís

P[ericrocotus]. solaris


, 1846,

Darjeeling, West Bengal, India


Usually considered conspecific with P. montanus (which see). Six subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Grey-chinned Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris). 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).