Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae)


Taxonomy

French: Minivet des Ryu Kyu German: Japanmennigvogel Spanish: Minivet de las Ryukyu
Taxonomy:

Pericrocotus tegimæ

Stejneger

, 1887,

Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands

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Until recently considered conspecific with P. divaricatus, but differs in white on forecrown reduced to a narrow line from frons to preocular supercilium (3); broad grey breastband vs all-white underparts (3); darker grey mantle, back, scapulars and rump (1); and shorter wings (effect size −3.74; score 2) but slightly longer and always rather more hooked bill (effect size for males 1.39; score 1)#R. Monotypic.

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Distribution:

Tokara Is and Ryukyu Is; recently expanding also to S Japan (Kyushu, Shikoku, S Honshu#R).

Descriptive notes

18–21 cm; mean 21 g. Adult is structurally similar to P. divaricatus (their breeding ranges have recently come into contact and the latter species also migrates... read more

Voice

Song consists of a single call note followed by a high tinkling series, rendered “schreee … ti ti... read more

Habitat

Inhabits evergreen and mixed deciduous forests, adjoining cedar plantations, as well as suburban... read more

Food and feeding

Diet unknown and foraging behaviour undescribed.

Breeding

Very poorly known; nestbuilding starts as early as Mar, with nests being constructed up to 11·5 m above ground. No further information.

Movements

Largely resident, especially those birds breeding at lower elevations, with some southbound... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: present in Nansei Shoto EBA. Overall range estimated at 326,000 km2. Fairly common over much of Ryukyu Is,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1343769 on 25 June 2019).