Scientific Name: Pericrocotus divaricatus
Malay Name: Burung-Matahari Kelabu Biasa
Chinese Name: 灰山椒鸟
Range: Breeding Range: (EU) se Siberia, ne China, Korea, Japan and islands to Taiwan Nonbreeding Range: Southeast Asia
Size: 18.5-20 cm
Identification: Male has black hindcrown, ear coverts that extends over nape. Rest of head and the narrow half collar white, underparts white, and upperparts generally light slate-grey, edges of remiges and greater coversts darker grey. Female has body plumage similar to male except slightly paler. Female plumage on head differs from male replacing all black with grey, except on lores and forehead.
Similar looking species: Pied Triller
Habitat: Migrant that is often seen in foraging in more open woodland habitat in Singapore, regularly sighted in parks.
Behaviour/Ecology: Typically perches high on tree canopy. Observers usually alerted to its presence by its trilling calls.
Local Status: Common migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)
Location: Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Southern Ridges, Pasir Ris Park, Ulu Pandan Park Connector and other wooded areas.
Featured reports: Sep 2022
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Ashy Minivet)
BirdLife International. (2018). Pericrocotus divaricatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22706735A130428286.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Ashy Minivet. Retrieved on May 29, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/ashy-minivet.