Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Gould's Shortwing (Heteroxenicus stellatus)


Taxonomy

French: Brachyptère étoilée German: Braunrücken-Kurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto estrellado
Taxonomy:

Brachypteryx (Drymochares) stellatus

Gould

, 1868,

Nepal

.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Voice

    Song a series of phrases consisting of very high-pitched notes, gradually increasing in volume and... read more

    Habitat

    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.

    Breeding

    Reported May–Jul, with no details. No other information.

    Movements

    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.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (2018). Gould's Shortwing (Heteroxenicus stellatus). 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/58386 on 21 October 2018).