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Pericrocotus speciosus (Scarlet minivet - male) - Sikkim Bird

Pericrocotus speciosus (Scarlet minivet - male)

Place : Shantinagar, Singtam, East Sikkim

Date: January 23, 2015
Pic: Shital Pradhan



Scientific classification

Kingdom:       Animalia
Phylum:          Chordata
Class:             Aves
Order:            Passeriformes
Family:           Campephagidae
Genus:            Pericrocotus
Species:           P. speciosus

Binomial name: Pericrocotus speciosus Latham, 1790

Other Names:  Scarlet Minivet

Special feature:  While the male of most subspecies are scarlet to orange with black upper parts, the females are usually yellow with greyish olive upper parts.

There are 13 species found in this genus:


    Rosy minivet,                                                          Pericrocotus roseus
    Swinhoe's minivet or brown-rumped minivet,        Pericrocotus cantonensis
    Ashy minivet,                                                          Pericrocotus divaricatus
    Ryukyu minivet,                                                     Pericrocotus tegimae
    Small minivet,                                                         Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
    Fiery minivet,                                                          Pericrocotus igneus
    Little minivet,                                                         Pericrocotus lansbergei
    White-bellied minivet,                                            Pericrocotus erythropygius
    Grey-chinned minivet,                                            Pericrocotus solaris
    Long-tailed minivet,                                               Pericrocotus ethologus
    Short-billed minivet,                                               Pericrocotus brevirostris
    Sunda minivet,                                                        Pericrocotus miniatus
    Scarlet minivet,                                                       Pericrocotus speciosus
    Orange minivet,                                                      Pericrocotus flammeus

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