Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Grey-throated Minivet (Pericrocotus montanus)


French: Minivet de Salvadori German: Bergmennigvogel Spanish: Minivet montano

Pericrocotus montanus


, 1879,

Mt Singgalang [lat. 0°, 24’ S, long. 100°, 20’ E], Sumatra


Usually considered conspecific with P. solaris, but differs in its much darker grey throat (3); and very different call or song, involving a higher pace (2), larger frequency range per note (2) and distinct note shape (ns[2]). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. montanus Salvadori, 1879 – S Malay Peninsula and W Sumatra.
  • P. m. cinereigula Sharpe, 1889 – N & C Borneo; recently found also in Meratus Mts (SE Kalimantan)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    17–19 cm; 13·5–16 g. Adult male has entire head, mantle, scapulars and most of wings glossy black, with back to uppertail-coverts orange-red, as well as tips to greater... read more


    For differences between this species and formerly conspecific P. solaris, see Taxonomy.... read more


    Inhabits canopy montane forest, including elfin growth on summits of mountains, as well as wooded... read more

    Food and feeding

    Diet not well known beyond small invertebrates, e.g. winged termites. Typically searches terminal foliage for prey, as well as fronds of... read more


    Season at least Jan–Apr in Peninsular Malaysia, with nestbuilding observed in Feb and Mar, copulation in early Feb, incubation in Feb and... read more


    Resident and apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Common in Peninsular Malaysia, where its habitat is still extensively secure, but few recent records from Sumatra. Current status in... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Grey-throated Minivet (Pericrocotus montanus). 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 23 May 2019).