French: Minivet à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Mennigvogel Spanish: Minivet ventriblanco
Ajanta Hills, Aurangabad district, Hyderabad, India
W & C India (mainly Gujarat and from Indian Punjab E to Bihar and S to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu).
15–16·5 cm. Distinctive minivet, with plumage somewhat reminiscent of that of a stonechat (Saxicola). Male has glossy blue-black head, mantle, back and... read more
Song comprises disjointed and very high-pitched, short, rising “seeu” notes, together... read more
Open, dry scrub, grassland, savanna, dry cultivation with scrub and scattered trees, hedgerows and... read more
Food and feeding
Food mainly insects, including grasshoppers (Orthoptera), also spiders (Araneae). Occurs in pairs or small parties. Less arboreal than its... read more
Breeds in Jun–Oct in India. Nest built by both sexes, a small, neat cup of grass and fibres, lined with flowering grasses, bound with... read more
Apparently makes erratic movements outside breeding season in India, where scattered records E to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Population believed to be stable. Generally considered to be very local and uncommon to rare; occurs in Bandhavgarh National Park,... read more
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