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. 

Ryukyu Minivet (Pericrocotus tegimae) Global Names:

  • 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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