Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Bornean Shortwing (Brachypteryx erythrogyna)


French: Brachyptère de Bornéo German: Borneo-Bergkurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto de Borneo

Brachypteryx erythrogyna


, 1888,

Mt Kinabalu, northern Borneo


Hitherto treated as conspecific with B. montana (and with the other six species now separated from this “parent”), but differs from these latter six in characters given under those species and from B. montana in (in female) its bright rufous-chestnut head sides and underparts (3); dark chestnut tail (2); no dull chestnut lower upperparts (3); and (in male) much darker belly (ns[2]). Monotypic.


Mountains of Borneo (including Muratus Mts, in extreme SE #R).

Descriptive notes

c. 13 cm. Male has white stripe from base of forehead to above eye (often concealed); otherwise entire plumage dark indigo-blue (belly sometimes slightly paler), flight-... read more


Song a series of loud fluty whistles running up and down scale, interspersed with a few harsh notes... read more


Lower and upper montane forest, and above treeline on bare rock faces and fields, at 885–3600 m.

Food and feeding

Diet poorly known; mainly small invertebrates. Forages on ground in leaf litter or beside moss-covered fallen logs; usually well concealed... read more


Birds collected in breeding condition in Feb (Sabah). Details presumably as for B. montana.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Bornean mountains EBA. Locally fairly common and known from several protected areas,... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Bornean Shortwing (Brachypteryx erythrogyna). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 28 February 2020).