Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Flores Shortwing (Brachypteryx floris)


French: Brachyptère de Florès German: Flores-Bergkurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto de Flores

Brachypteryx floris

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1897,

at and above 3500 feet [c. 1065 m] in south Flores


Hitherto treated as conspecific with B. montana (and with the other six species now separated from this “parent”), but differs in (in male) its grey-brown crown and head sides (3); pale grey breast and flanks (2); (both sexes) white throat and broad white belly (2); (in female) grey breast (ns[2]); apparently somewhat different song (requires study)#R. Monotypic.


Mountains of Flores (Lesser Sundas).

Descriptive notes

c. 13 cm. Male has thin white stripe (often partly or wholly concealed) from base of bill back to above eye, dark ashy-brown lores and ear-coverts, white chin and throat;... read more


Song, starting and ending abruptly, a loud explosive jangling verse of clear, fast, rising and... read more


Montane forest, scrubby regrowth and edges, and Eupatorium scrub; 610–1900 m, mainly above... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet; presumably small invertebrates. Forages alone and in pairs in dense vegetation just above ground.


Nothing known.


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Northern Nusa Tenggara EBA. Uncommon and local. This species is very poorly known, with few... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Flores Shortwing (Brachypteryx floris). 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 13 December 2019).