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Short-billed Minivet - BirdForum Opus

Pericrocotus brevirostris


19–20 cm (7½-7¾ in)
Nominate male

  • Glossy blue-back head down to upper breast, mantle and scapulars
  • Deep crimson back to uppertail-coverts


Photo by robby thai
Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand, December 2016

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



There are 4 subsp[1]:

  • P. b. brevirostris:
  • P. b. affinis:
  • South-western China (southern Sichuan to western Yunnan) to eastern Assam and north-western Myanmar
  • P. b. neglectus:
  • P. b. anthoides:
  • South-western China (south-eastern Yunnan, Guangxi and Guangdong) to northern Vietnam


Open deciduous and evergreen forests, secondary grown and forest edges.



They forage in the foliage for both larval and adult arthropods.
Usually seen in pairs and can often be found in mixed species feeding flocks.


Their breeding season runs during March and April. They construct a neat cup formed from moss and lichen. It is placed on an outer branch of a tree about 10 m high. The clutch consists of 3 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)

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