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The Ryukyu minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae) is a species of bird in the family Campephagidae. It is endemic to Japan. The species was previously thought to be a subspecies of the ashy minivet. It's specific name is named for the Japanese naturalist Seiichi Tegima.[2]

Ryukyu minivet
Pericrocotus divaricatus tegimae.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Campephagidae
Genus: Pericrocotus
Species:
P. tegimae
Binomial name
Pericrocotus tegimae
Stejneger, 1887

Distribution and habitatEdit

The Ryukyu minivet was originally endemic to the Ryukyu Islands of Japan, but in the 1970s it spread to southern Kyushu and as of 2010 was found throughout that island and into Shikoku and western Honshu. It has been suggested that the species was able to spread due to declines in the related ashy minivet.[2]

The species' natural habitat is evergreen and mixed deciduous forests. It will also use human-modified habitats, including cedar plantations and gardens. It ranges from sea-level to 1,700 m (5,600 ft).[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pericrocotus tegimae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c del Hoyo, J; Kirwan, G. M. (2019). del Hoyo, Josep; Elliott, Andrew; Sargatal, Jordi; Christie, David A; de Juana, Eduardo (eds.). "Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae)". Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 11 February 2019.