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White-bellied Minivet - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Jugal Tiwari
Thorn forest of Phot mahadeo Kutch, Gujarat, India
Pericrocotus erythropygius

Includes Jerdon's Minivet

Identification

15–16·5 cm (6-6½ in)

  • Glossy blue-black head, mantle and back

Distribution

Male Jerdon's Minivet
Photo by martinuk
Bagan, Mandalay Region, Myanmar, February 2011

India and Myanmar.

Taxonomy

Subspecies

Pericrocotus erythropygius has two subspecies:[1]

  • P. e. erythropygius
  • Peninsular India (Punjab and Rajasthan to Bihar and Mysore)
  • P. e. albifrons
  • Plains of central Myanmar
  • Split as Jerdon's Minivet P. albifrons by Gill and Donsker (2010)[2]

Habitat

Female, Jerdon's Minivet
Photo by martinuk
Bagan, Mandalay Region, Myanmar, February 2011

Open, dry deciduous thorn forest, acacia scrub.

Behaviour

Diet

Their main diet consists of insects, which includes grasshoppers and spiders.

Breeding

The pair share the construction of the nest, which is a small tidy cup formed from grass and fibres and lined with flowering grass

Gallery

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References

  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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2010. IOC World Bird Names (version 2.7). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)

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