Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Near Threatened

Jerdon's Minivet (Pericrocotus albifrons)


French: Minivet birman German: Myanmarmennigvogel Spanish: Minivet de Jerdon

Pericrocotus albifrons


, 1862,

Thayet, south-central Myanmar


Until recently considered conspecific with P. erythropygius, although very distinct. Characters determining its elevation to species rank#R include white forehead, supercilium, head sides and throat in male (4); weaker, paler orange breast in male, no specimen showing frequent rosy tinge of erythropygius (1); more extensive white half-collar in female, creating semi-capped appearance (1); and longer bill (effect size 2.37, score 2). In addition, voices may be very distinct but sample sizes far too small to be certain. Monotypic.

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Plains of C Myanmar.

Descriptive notes

15–16·5 cm; 10·6–11·1 g. Distinctive minivet, with plumage somewhat resembling that of a stonechat (Saxicola) and most similar to that of formerly conspecific (but... read more


Not well described, with few available recordings; see Taxonomy for suggestion that there may be... read more


Inhabits semi-desert areas with dry cultivation, scattered scrub and trees, thorn-scrub in lowlands... read more

Food and feeding

No details concerning diet. Occurs in pairs or small (family?) parties; foraging behaviour apparently does not differ from P.... read more


Season not known beyond Jul, and other details of breeding ecology very poorly known. Nest constructed by both sexes, on branch of bush or... read more


Apparently resident and sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Restricted-range species, with overall distribution estimated at 163,000 km²: more or less confined to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Jerdon's Minivet (Pericrocotus albifrons). 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).