Short-billed Minivet (Pericrocotus brevirostris) - HBW 10, p. 117
French: Minivet à bec court
Spanish: Minivet Piquicorto
Taxonomy: Muscipeta brevirostris Vigors, 1831, Himalayas = “probably Sikkim foothills”.
Was for long erroneously considered to include partly sympatric P. ethologus. Race affinis sometimes synonymized with nominate, which possibly a preferable treatment, although some specimens identified as of former race are, in fact, referable to P. ethologus; further study required. Proposed race pulcherrimus, described from S Myanmar (Mulayit Taung, in Tenasserim), considered inseparable from neglectus, and tonkinensis, described from N Vietnam (Bac Kan, in Tonkin), indistinguishable from anthoides. Four subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- brevirostris (Vigors, 1831) - C & E Himalayas (in NE India extending S into W Assam) and S China (SE Xizang, NW Yunnan).
- affinis (McClelland, 1840) - NE India (E Assam), N Myanmar and S China (Sichuan, W & SW Yunnan).
- neglectus Hume, 1877 - SE Myanmar and NW Thailand.
- anthoides Stresemann, 1923 - S China (SE Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, N Guangdong), Laos and N Vietnam.
- Least Concern Enlarge map