- any of several small, long-tailed Asian cuckoo-shrikes of the genus Pericrocotus, having in the male black and red and in the female black and orange plumage.
Origin of minivet
First recorded in 1860–65; origin uncertain
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But the beauty of the minivet is not merely that of colouring.
These are the wood-shrike, the minivet and the cuckoo-shrike.A Bird Calendar for Northern India
It is impossible to mistake a minivet, but it is quite another matter to say to which species any particular minivet belongs.Birds of the Indian Hills
This minivet was common at the Cocoa Research Station, where it usually inhabited the shade trees in the cocoa groves.Birds from North Borneo
Max C. Thompson
Few are the lurking insects that escape the bright little eye of the minivet.
- any brightly coloured tropical Asian cuckoo shrike of the genus Pericrocotus
C19: of unknown origin
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