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Long-tailed Minivet

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Subspecies P. e. favillaceus malePhoto © by Alok Tewari Sat Tal, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2019
Subspecies P. e. favillaceus male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, April-2019
Pericrocotus ethologus

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[edit] Identification

Subspecies P. e. ripponi malePhoto © by thai robby thai Huai Nam Daeng NP, Thailand, February 2017
Subspecies P. e. ripponi male
Photo © by thai robby thai
Huai Nam Daeng NP, Thailand, February 2017

17·5–20·5 cm (6¾-8 in)
Male

  • Black (glossed blue) head and upperparts to upper back
  • Scarlet lower back to upper tail coverts

Female grey and yellow. A red patch on the secondaries is a distinguishing feature.

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, Nepal
South Asia: Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas, Bhutan
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Subspecies P. e. favillaceus femalePhoto © by Alok Tewari Sat Tal, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, March-2018
Subspecies P. e. favillaceus female
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, March-2018

There are 6 subspecies[1]:

  • P. e. favillaceus:
  • P. e. laetus:
  • East Nepal to Sikkim, Bengal and western Assam (Khasi Hills)
  • P. e. ethologus:
South China and extreme north-eastern India; winters to northern Indochina
  • P. e. yvettae:
  • P. e. ripponi:
  • South-West China (Yunnan), eastern Myanmar (southern Shan States) and north-western1 Thailand
  • P. e. annamensis:

[edit] Habitat

Various woodland types, from open broadleaf and pine forests.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Subspecies P. e. yvettae femalePhoto © by BIJ Lugu hu, Sichuan/Yunnan border, China, October 2007
Subspecies P. e. yvettae female
Photo © by BIJ
Lugu hu, Sichuan/Yunnan border, China, October 2007

Their main diet consists of insects and their larvae, and includes beetles, flies and spiders.

[edit] Breeding

Both adults build the cup-shaped nest from grass stems, thin twigs, rootlets or moss, with cobwebs and lichen on the outside.

[edit] Vocalisation


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Recording by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal, Uttarakhand Himalayas, Alt. 5500 ft., India, March-2018
Male moving through the canopy and calling.

[edit] References

Subspecies P. e. favillaceus malePhoto © by Alok Tewari Sat Tal, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, March-2018
Subspecies P. e. favillaceus male
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Sat Tal, Alt. 5500 ft., Uttarakhand Himalayas, India, March-2018
  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Sept 2017)

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