French: Brachyptère étoilée German: Braunrücken-Kurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto estrellado
Brachypteryx (Drymochares) stellatus
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
H. s. stellatus
(Gould, 1868) – C & E Himalayas from N India (Uttarakhand) and C Nepal E, discontinuously, to NE Myanmar and S China (SE Xizang, W Yunnan); recently recorded in C & N Sichuan#R.
H. s. fuscus
(Delacour & Jabouille, 1930) – NW Vietnam (W Tonkin); possibly also adjacent S China (Jinping area, SE Yunnan)#R, but no specimens or recent records#R.
12–13 cm; 19–23 g. Small and dark, with long legs, narrow tail. Nominate race is chestnut above, slaty below (very fine grey-and-black scaling), with... read more
Song a series of phrases consisting of very high-pitched notes, gradually increasing in volume and... read more
Breeds above tree-line in screes often far from bushes, at 3300–4200 m in Himalayas (2100... read more
Food and feeding
Insects and seeds. Largely terrestrial.
Reported May–Jul, with no details. No other information.
Subject to vertical movements, descending to lower elevations in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce and local; rare in China; possibly under-recorded. Habitat relatively secure, so species unlikely to be in decline.
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