Flame minivet

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 09.11.58Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 09.11.36Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 09.09.48As well as a stoat and a lesser blue-eared glossy starling, I got a female flame minivet.  It is yellow on its front and has grey on its head and back.  It is from the same person who did the campo tropial and the white-throated kingfisher. The minivet is related to shrikes and in the wild they eat small mammals and large insects.  They are called flame minivets because the males are a bright orange.  Like a shrike it has a slightly hooked beak and a quite a long tail.  Unlike shrikes which live in Europe and northern Asia, minevets live in southern Asia.  The smallest species of minivet is the small minevet at 15cm long while my flame minevet is 19cm long.

Below: Small minivet.

Left: Male flame minivet.

Top: Female flame minivet, like mine.

Bottom: my minivet