Scientific Name: Pericrocotus cinnamomeus
Tamil Name: Chinna min chittu
Description:The small minivet is small with a strong dark beak and long wings. The male differs from most other common minivets by having grey, not glossy black, upperparts and head, and orange underparts, fading to yellow on the belly, orange tail edges, rump and wing patches.
Habitat: Exclusively arbotreal. . It is resident breeding bird in thorn jungle and scrub. There is much racial variation. The male P. c. pallidus of the northwest Indian subcontinent is pale grey above, with the underparts whitish except on the throat and flanks, whereas the male P. c. malabaricus of peninsular and southern India is darker above, has more extensive scarlet below. The female of the southern race is also brighter yellow below.
Habits: Affects gardens, groves and light deciduous jungle in flocks especially during the breeding season when sexes are segregated
Food: Insets and their larvae. Sometimes insects are captured in the air like a flycatcher.
Life cycle: The nest is a cup-like structure into which two to four spotted eggs are laid and incubated by the female. Nesting season between February and September.
Role in the environment. An important resident in scrub jungle habitat throughout India with sub species distributed.
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