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Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus) - HBW 10, p. 113

French: Minivet cendré German: Graumennigvogel Spanish: Minivet Ceniciento
Other common names: Ryukyu Minivet (tegimae)

Taxonomy: Lanius divaricatus Raffles, 1822, Singapore.
Forms a superspecies with P. roseus and P. cantonensis. Closely related to former, and sometimes considered conspecific, but very distinct morphologically and differs also in moult and migration strategies. Dark race tegimae sometimes regarded as a separate species, but greater colour saturation is common among Ryukyu forms of Japanese bird species. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • divaricatus (Raffles, 1822) - breeds SE Siberia (S from C Amurland), NE China (mainly Nei Mongol, Heilongjiang and Jilin), Korea and Japan, possibly also Taiwan; non-breeding mainly SE Asia, Greater Sundas and Philippines, also regularly India.
  • tegimae Stejneger, 1887 - Tokara Is and Ryukyu Is; recent breeding recorded also S Japan (S Kyushu).