386. Pericrocotus cinereus

386. ASHY MINIVET.
PERICROCOTUS CINEREUS.
Pericrocotus cinereus. Lafresn. Rev. Zool. viii. p. 94 (1845) ; Gould, B. of Asia, ii. pl. 11 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 107 ; Sharpe, Cat. B. Br. Mus. iv. p. 83 ; Oates, F. Brit. Ind. Birds, i. p. 489 ; Seebohm, B. Jap. Emp. p. 106 ; Tacz. F. O. Sib. O. p. 462.
Shanshokui, Japanese.
Male ad. (China). Forehead and fore-crown white ; lores, and a line at the base of the bill, a line through the eye, hind crown, and nape deep black ; upper parts generally slate-grey ; wings and tail black, the former externally margined with slate-grey ; external rectrix white on terminal half; chin, throat, and under parts white ; bill and legs black ; iris brown. Culmen 0.6, wing 3.85, tail 3.95, tarsus 0.7 inch. The female has the crown grey like the back, rather paler on the forehead, lores only black, and the breast and flanks tinged with pale slate-grey.
Hab. Eastern Siberia (the Bureja mountains and Ussuri country), Japan, and Corea ; migrating through China to winter in Burma, the Malay peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, and the Philippines.
Frequents the deciduous woods, and is shy and wary. After the breeding season it collects in flocks and frequents the tops of the oaks and other greenwood trees, making a hubbub that betrays its presence. Its note is said to resemble that of a Shrike. It breeds in Eastern Siberia, Corea, and Japan, in May, June, and July, placing its nest in a tree at from 10 to 20 feet from the ground, often quite at the end of a branch, and deposits 5 to 6 eggs, of which I have seen no authentic specimens.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 1. 1902.
Title in Book: 
386. Pericrocotus cinereus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
386
Year: 
1902
Page No: 
263
Common name: 
Ashy Minivet
M_ID: 
18669
M_CN: 
Ashy Minivet
M_SN: 
Pericrocotus divaricatus
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9980

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