May 26, 2016 – Grey-chinned Minivet, Mountain Minivet, Yellow-throated Minivet, or Grey-throated Minivet (Pericrocotus solaris)

These small birds in the cuckoo-shrike family are found in evergreen and deciduous forests of China, Southeast Asia, and the Himalayas. They eat insects gathered from the forest canopy, making short flights to catch their prey in the air and often joining mixed-species flocks. Pairs build their small cup nests together out of twigs, roots, and grass, woven together with spiderwebs. Both parents feed the chicks. Females and males look similar, apart from color. While females have bright yellow undersides and wing patches, the males’ are red.