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minivet

[min-uh-vet] /ˈmɪn əˌvɛt/
noun
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; origin uncertain
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minivet

/ˈmɪnɪvɛt/
noun
1.
any brightly coloured tropical Asian cuckoo shrike of the genus Pericrocotus
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Encyclopedia Article for minivet

any of the 10 bird species of the Asian genus Pericrocotus, belonging to the family Campephagidae (q.v.). Males of most species are black and red, females yellowish and gray. Minivets live in forests from Afghanistan to Japan, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Small flocks, constantly chattering in loud, sweet tones, search the treetops for insects. A common and widespread species is the 23-centimetre (9-inch) scarlet minivet.

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