French: Minivet à bec court German: Kurzschnabel-Mennigvogel Spanish: Minivet piquicorto
Himalayas = “probably Sikkim foothills”
Subspecies and Distribution
P. b. brevirostris
(Vigors, 1831) – C & E Himalayas (in Nepal and NE India, extending S into W Assam) and S China (SE Xizang, NW Yunnan).
P. b. affinis
(McClelland, 1840) – NE India (E Assam, Arunachal Pradesh), N Myanmar and S China (Sichuan, W & SW Yunnan).
P. b. neglectus
A. O. Hume, 1877 – SE Myanmar and NW & W Thailand.
P. b. anthoides
Stresemann, 1923 – S China (SE Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, N Guangdong), N & C Laos and N Vietnam.
19–20 cm; 16–17 g. Male nominate race has head to upper breast, and mantle and scapulars, glossy blue-black, back to uppertail-coverts deep crimson; upperwing-... read more
Call a distinctive, thin, sweet, repeated whistled “tsuuuit”; dry “tup” as contact note.
Open deciduous and evergreen forest, forest edge and secondary growth; also pine (Pinus)... read more
Food and feeding
Takes adult and larval arthropods; also buds. Usually occurs in pairs; often joins mixed-species foraging flocks. Forages among foliage. No... read more
Breeds Mar–Apr. Nest a neat cup of moss and lichen, placed c. 10 m above ground on horizontal outer branch of tree. Eggs 3. No other... read more
Descends to lower levels in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common to locally common in Myanmar, NW Thailand, Laos and N Vietnam; uncommon in China; scarce in Himalayas. Generally much less numerous... read more
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