One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A boldly patterned Asian cuckoo-shrike (songbird), the male of which is typically red and black, and the female yellow and grey.
Genus Pericrocotus, family Campephagidae: several species
- ‘The participants were divided into four groups - ‘bulbuls,’ ‘minivets, ‘shamas’ and ‘drongos’.’
- ‘A short walk along the naval base yielded many interesting bird species including a pair of common grey hornbills, spotted owlets, small minivets, shikra & Common Iora to name a few.’
- ‘It is common to see such rare birds as the blue-coated flycatcher, the crimson-breasted barbet, the scarlet minivet and even the Paradise flycatcher, and there is an abundance of Golden Oriole.’
- ‘Across Asia, in our enthusiasm to subdue farm posts, we have unwittingly let loose a chemical war on all living things, including eagles and minivets.’
- ‘A flash of red and black above and she whispers again, ‘Scarlet minivet!’’
- ‘There were calls of Sunbirds, flowerpeckers, Ioras, drongos, minivets.’
Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
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