Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae)


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

Pericrocotus tegimæ


, 1887,

Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands


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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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


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


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

Food and feeding

Diet unknown and foraging behaviour undescribed.


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


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. (2020). 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 on 25 February 2020).