Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

Short-billed Minivet (Pericrocotus brevirostris)


French: Minivet à bec court German: Kurzschnabel-Mennigvogel Spanish: Minivet piquicorto

Muscipeta brevirostris


, 1831,

Himalayas = “probably Sikkim foothills”


See P. miniatus. Long considered to include partly sympatric P. ethologus. Race affinis sometimes included in nominate, although some specimens identified as affinis actually refer to P. ethologus; further study required. Proposed race pulcherrimus (Mulayit Taung, in Tenasserim) inseparable from neglectus; tonkinensis (Tonkin) indistinguishable from anthoides. Four subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    Taylor, B. (2019). Short-billed Minivet (Pericrocotus brevirostris). 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 7 December 2019).