Scarlet Minivet

Scarlet MinivetScarlet Minivet. One of the brightest bird in the forest. While the male of most subspecies are scarlet to orange with black upper parts, the females are usually yellow with greyish olive upper parts.  From far they appear like flying ambers or ambers sitting on trees.

These minivets are found in tropical southern Asia from the Indian subcontinent east to southern China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They are common resident breeding birds in forests and other well-wooded habitats including gardens, especially in hilly country.

These minivets catch insects in trees by flycatching or while perched. It flushes insects out of foliage by beating its wings hard. Scarlet minivet will form small flocks.  Below is the female Scarlet minivet.

Scarlet Minivet FemaleCanon 7D Canon 100-400 mm Mkii |Garjiya Devi Temple, Ramnagar | Jan 2017

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