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Small minivet

Thai: นกพญาไฟเล็ก, nok phayaafai lek

Binomial name: Pericrocotus cinnamomeus, Carolus Linnaeus, 1766

The small minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) is a small passerine bird. This minivet is found in tropical southern Asia from the Indian subcontinent east to Indonesia.

Description

The small minivet is 16 cm long with a strong dark beak and long wings. The male differs from most other common minivets by having grey, not glossy black, upperparts and head, and orange underparts, fading to yellow on the belly, orange tail edges, rump and wing patches.

The female is grey above, with yellow underparts (including the face), tail edges, rump and wing patches.

There is much racial variation. The male P. c. pallidus of the northwest Indian subcontinent is pale grey above, with the underparts whitish except on the throat and flanks, whereas the male P. c. malabaricus of peninsular and southern India is darker above, has more extensive scarlet below. The female of the southern race is also brighter yellow below.

Behaviour

The small minivet is a widespread and common resident breeding bird in thorn jungle and scrub. The nest is a cup-like structure into which two to four spotted eggs are laid and incubated by the female.

This minivet catches insects in trees by flycatching or while perched. The small minivet will form small flocks. Its call is a high, thin swee swee swee.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Campephagidae
Genus
Pericrocotus
Species
Pericrocotus cinnamomeus

Common names

  • Thai: นกพญาไฟเล็ก, nok phayaafai lek

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Small minivet (male)

Small minivet (male)

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Small minivet (female)

Small minivet (female)

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Small minivet (female)

Small minivet (female)

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Small minivet (female)

Small minivet (female)

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Small minivet (male)

Small minivet (male)

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Distribution map of Small minivet, Pericrocotus cinnamomeus in Thailand

Range map of Pericrocotus cinnamomeus in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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