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The Scarlet Minivet is a small passerine bird. This minivet is found in tropical southern Asia from the Indian subcontinent east to southern China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They are common resident breeding birds in forests and other well-wooded habitats including gardens, especially in hilly country. While the male is scarlet to orange with black upper parts, the females are usually yellow with greyish olive upper parts.

The Scarlet Minivet is 25 cm long with a strong dark beak and long wings.The male has black upperparts and head, and scarlet underparts, tail edges, rump and wing patches. The shape and color of the wing patches and the shade or orange in the male varies across populations. The female is grey above, with yellow underparts, tail edges, rump and wing patches.