Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Bornean Shortwing (Brachypteryx erythrogyna)


Taxonomy

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

Brachypteryx erythrogyna

Sharpe

, 1888,

Mt Kinabalu, northern Borneo

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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.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

Resident.

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. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/1344057 on 18 September 2019).