French: Petite Brachyptère German: Zwergkurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto chico
Subspecies and Distribution
B. l. nipalensis
F. Moore, 1854 – Nepal Lesser Shortwing – Himalayas from N India (Uttarakhand), W, N & E Myanmar (S to Tenasserim) and S China (SE Xizang, W Yunnan, Emei Shan in S Sichuan); scarce winter visitor or resident NE & SE Bangladesh#R.
B. l. carolinae
La Touche, 1898 – Caroline's Shortwing – S & SE China (C Yunnan E to S Zhejiang and Fujian), W & NW Thailand and N Indochina (N & C Laos, N Vietnam).
B. l. langbianensis
Delacour & Greenway, 1939 – Langbian Lesser Shortwing – S Laos, C Vietnam (C & S Annam) and W Cambodia (Cardamom Mts).
B. l. wrayi
Ogilvie-Grant, 1906 – Malay Lesser Shortwing – extreme S Thailand and Malay Peninsula.
B. l. leucophris
(Temminck, 1828) – Sunda Lesser Shortwing – Sumatra, Java and Lesser Sundas (Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumba#R, Alor, Wetar and Timor).
11–13 cm; 12·5 g. Male nominate race is olive rufous-brown above, often concealed short white eyebrow, very short wings and tail; whitish below, with brownish-... read more
Song, starting with a single note, then a split-second pause, is a short, loud, sweet high-pitched... read more
Breeds in dense damp undergrowth in humid broadleaf forest and secondary growth, preferably near... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly insects; in Indonesia snails, slugs, grubs and beetle pupae.
Apr–Jul in Himalayas, Mar–Jun in Peninsular Malaysia and Oct–Apr in Java. Nest a compact dome with large side entrance,... read more
Resident; altitudinal movements in Himalayas, descending to foothills in winter. Recent records in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Rare in W Himalayas, becoming commoner to E, and very common in NE India; fairly common in Myanmar. Rare in China. Locally common in... read more
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