- Pericrocotus erythropygius
Includes Jerdon's Minivet
15–16·5 cm (6-6½ in)
- Glossy blue-black head, mantle and back
Pericrocotus erythropygius has two subspecies:
- P. e. erythropygius
- Peninsular India (Punjab and Rajasthan to Bihar and Mysore)
- P. e. albifrons
Open, dry deciduous thorn forest, acacia scrub.
Their main diet consists of insects, which includes grasshoppers and spiders.
The pair share the construction of the nest, which is a small tidy cup formed from grass and fibres and lined with flowering grass
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- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
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