The Ryukyu Minivets (Pericrocotus tegimae) are endemic to the Ryukyu Islands, but in the 1970s populations spread to Kyushu in Southern Japan and eventually into western Honshu - Japan’s main island.
They are found in lowland to montane evergreen and mixed deciduous forests, as well as human-modified habitats, including cedar plantations and gardens. They are usually seen foraging in small flocks.
The Ryukyu Minivets are medium-sized, slender songbirds. Their plumage is dark above and white/whitish below with dusky patches on the sides of the chest. The white of the chest stretches up behind the black ear coverts (= feathers covering the ears) forming a "half collar" on the front.
The male can be identified by his white forecrown and brow, which are lacking in the female.
Calls / Vocalizations:
Their calls are described as dry trilling often heard in flight.
- English: Ryukyu Minivet
- Czech: suříkovec japonský
- Danish: Ryukyuminivet
- German: Japanmennigvogel
- Spanish: Minivet de Las Ryukyu
- Finnish: nokiminivetti
- French: Minivet des Ryu Kyu
- Croatian: japanski skovranj
- Italian: Minivet delle Ryukyu
- Japanese: ryuukyuusanshoukui / リュウキュウサンショウクイ
- Dutch: Ryukyumenievogel
- Norwegian Nynorsk: Ryukyumønjefugl
- Norwegian: Ryukyumønjefugl
- Polish: purpurek japoński
- Portuguese: minivete-das-léquias
- Russian: Рюкюйский личинкоед
- Slovak: pestrec ostrovný
- Serbian: Minivet sa arhipelaga Rjukju
- Swedish: ryukyuminivett
- Ukrainian: личинкоїд острівний
- Chinese: 琉球山椒鸟 / 琉球山椒鳥
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