Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Near Threatened

Rusty-bellied Shortwing (Brachypteryx hyperythra)


French: Brachyptère à ventre roux German: Rostbauch-Kurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto ventrirrufo

Brachypteryx hyperythra


, 1861,

Darjeeling, India




E Himalayas in extreme N West Bengal, Sikkim (possibly adjacent W Bhutan), Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, and adjacent extreme N Myanmar#R and S China (SE Xizang#R, NW & C Yunnan#R).

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm. Male is dark slaty-blue above and on face, with black lores, short white brow, short wings and tail; rich orange-chestnut throat to vent; bill all black when... read more


Song an effortlessly delivered high-pitched accelerating slurred warble of very short tinkling... read more


Breeds in dense Arundinaria (“ringal”) bamboo, undergrowth and thickets inside broadleaf... read more

Food and feeding

Beetles found in stomachs. Forages in low vegetation and on ground.


No information. Season presumably Apr–Jun, when singing at greatest intensity.


Probably a partial elevational migrant throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. Restricted-range species: present in Eastern Himalayas EBA. Global population... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. (2020). Rusty-bellied Shortwing (Brachypteryx hyperythra). 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 29 January 2020).