Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)

Least Concern

White-bellied Minivet (Pericrocotus erythropygius)


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

M[uscicapa]. erythropygia


, 1840,

Ajanta Hills, Aurangabad district, Hyderabad, India


Until recently considered conspecific with P. albifrons. Monotypic.


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


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

Recommended citation

Taylor, B. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). 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 on 17 February 2020).