Cuckoo-shrikes (Campephagidae)

Small Minivet (Pericrocotus cinnamomeus) - HBW 10, p. 114

French: Minivet oranor German: Zwergmennigvogel Spanish: Minivet Chico
Other common names: Little/Lesser Minivet

Taxonomy: [Motacilla] cinnamomea Linnaeus, 1766, Sri Lanka.
Forms a superspecies, and sometimes considered conspecific, with P. igneus and P. lansbergei. Relationship with former not fully resolved; no evidence of interbreeding (except for a single, purportedly intermediate specimen) where their ranges meet, in peninsular Thailand, and different habitat preferences may prevent direct contact between them. Isolated race saturatus possibly represents a different species, primarily on grounds of zoogeography. Race peregrinus intergrades with pallidus and vividus in N Indian Subcontinent. Race separatus pos.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: [Motacilla] cinnamomea Linnaeus, 1766, Sri Lanka.
Forms a superspecies, and sometimes considered conspecific, with P. igneus and P. lansbergei. Relationship with former not fully resolved; no evidence of interbreeding (except for a single, purportedly intermediate specimen) where their ranges meet, in peninsular Thailand, and different habitat preferences may prevent direct contact between them. Isolated race saturatus possibly represents a different species, primarily on grounds of zoogeography. Race peregrinus intergrades with pallidus and vividus in N Indian Subcontinent. Race separatus possibly better treated as synonym of vividus, as its supposedly large bill may be individually variable, rather than diagnostic. It has been suggested that birds from Andaman Is may merit treatment as a separate race, for which the name osmastoni was recently proposed, but further study required. Nine subspecies currently recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • pallidus Stuart Baker, 1920 - Pakistan (Indus Valley) and NW India.
  • peregrinus (Linnaeus, 1766) - NW Himalayas and N India (Punjab S to N Madhya Pradesh, E to Bihar and N Orissa).
  • cinnamomeus (Linnaeus, 1766) - C & SE India (S from S Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and S Orissa) and Sri Lanka.

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  • pallidus Stuart Baker, 1920 - Pakistan (Indus Valley) and NW India.
  • peregrinus (Linnaeus, 1766) - NW Himalayas and N India (Punjab S to N Madhya Pradesh, E to Bihar and N Orissa).
  • cinnamomeus (Linnaeus, 1766) - C & SE India (S from S Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and S Orissa) and Sri Lanka.
  • malabaricus (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) - SW India (Karnataka, S from Belgaum, S to Kerala).
  • vividus Stuart Baker, 1920 - C Himalayas, E India (West Bengal, Assam), Bangladesh, W & C Myanmar, SW & C Thailand, and Andaman Is.
  • thai Deignan, 1947 - NE Myanmar, N & NE Thailand, Laos.
  • sacerdos Riley, 1940 - Cambodia and S Vietnam.
  • separatus Deignan, 1947 - SE Myanmar and NW peninsular Thailand.
  • saturatus Stuart Baker, 1920 - Java and Bali.