Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Minivet (Pericrocotus erythropygius)


Taxonomy

French: Minivet à ventre blanc German: Weißbauch-Mennigvogel Spanish: Minivet ventriblanco
Taxonomy:

M[uscicapa]. erythropygia

Jerdon

, 1840,

Ajanta Hills, Aurangabad district, Hyderabad, India

.

Until recently considered conspecific with P. albifrons. Monotypic.

Distribution:

W & C India (mainly Gujarat and from Indian Punjab E to Bihar and S to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu).

Descriptive notes

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

Voice

Song comprises disjointed and very high-pitched, short, rising “seeu” notes, together... read more

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). White-bellied Minivet (Pericrocotus erythropygius). 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/57908 on 26 August 2019).