Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Long-tailed Minivet (Pericrocotus ethologus)


French: Minivet rouge German: Langschwanz-Mennigvogel Spanish: Minivet colilargo

Pericrocotus brevirostris ethologus

Bangs and J. C. Phillips

, 1914,

Hsien Shan, Hubei, China


See P. miniatus. Long included within partly sympatric P. brevirostris. Disjunct form annamensis distinguished by prevalence of orange- vs yellow-plumaged females, but condition apparently not constant, while song structurally similar to those of other races but higher-pitched and reaching higher frequencies#R; further investigation perhaps warranted. Putative race cryptus (Doi Pha Hom Pok, in N Thailand) indistinguishable from ripponi. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. e. favillaceus Bangs & J. C. Phillips, 1914 – NE Afghanistan (Nuristan) and NW Himalayas (E to W Nepal); non-breeding S to S Pakistan and W India.
  • P. e. laetus Mayr, 1940 – E Nepal E to NE India (N & W Assam) and S China (SE Xizang).
  • P. e. ethologus Bangs & J. C. Phillips, 1914 – Long-tailed Minivet – NE India (E Assam), N Myanmar and C China (Inner Mongolia#R, Hebei and S Shanxi S to SW Gansu, SE Qinghai, Yunnan and Guizhou); non-breeding N Thailand, N Laos, N Vietnam (Tonkin).
  • P. e. mariae Ripley, 1952 – E Bangladesh, NE India (SE Assam) and W Myanmar (Chin Hills).
  • P. e. yvettae Bangs, 1921 – NE Myanmar and S China (W & SW Yunnan).
  • P. e. ripponi E. C. S. Baker, 1924 – E Myanmar (S Shan, Karenni) and NW Thailand.
  • P. e. annamensis Robinson & Kloss, 1923 – Annam Minivet – SC Vietnam (S Annam).
  • Descriptive notes

    17·5–20·5 cm; 18 g. Male nominate race has head and upperparts to upper back black, glossed blue, lower back to uppertail-coverts scarlet; upperwing... read more


    A sweet, rolling repeated “prrr’wi” and “prrr’í”; thin,... read more


    Wide range of open forest types, including broadleaf and pine (Pinus) forests, light... read more

    Food and feeding

    Eats chiefly insects, including orthopterans, hymenopterans, beetles (Coleoptera), flies (Diptera) and insect larvae, also spiders (Araneae... read more


    Season Apr–Jun. Nest built by both sexes, a neat cup of grass stems, fine twigs, rootlets or moss, with cobweb and lichen on outside... read more


    Nominate race mainly migratory, moves S to N parts of SE Asia (mainly N Thailand, N Laos, Tonkin)... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Common in Pakistan, N India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam (Annam); common in China. Uncommon to locally common non-breeding visitor... read more

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2020). Long-tailed Minivet (Pericrocotus ethologus). 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).