Small Minivet


Hindi name: Saheli

This small bird is known for its beautiful colours. The bird gets its Marathi name ‘Nikhar’ due to its fire like (orange & yellow) plumage.

How does the bird appear…

The beak is dark and strong.

Male- Its head and upper plumage is grey. Under parts are orange which fade to yellow on abdomen. Rump is orange with orange tipped tail and orange wing patches.

The female is grey above with yellow face, under parts, rump, wing patches and tail tips.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

Small minivet is widespread resident bird of Indian Subcontinent. It is found in thorn jungle and scrub.


It  feeds on insects.

Breeding & Nesting

The cup shaped nest is placed high in a tree. Incubation is done by female alone.

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