Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Sumatran Shortwing (Brachypteryx saturata)


French: Brachyptère de Sumatra German: Sumatra-Bergkurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto de Sumatra

Brachypteryx saturata


, 1879,

Mount Singgalang, Sumatra


Hitherto treated as conspecific with B. montana (and with the other six species now separated from this “parent”), but differs in its male plumage in female (4); and unique song involving short staccato bell-like notes going up and down the scale in a repetitive pattern (score vs erythrogyna based on note length and repetitive pattern 3+1=4; vs all other taxa 3+2=5)#R. Monotypic.


Mountains of Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

12–13 cm. Male has short narrow white stripe from supraloral region to above eye; entire rest of plumage rich dark greyish blue; iris dark brown; bill and legs blackish.... read more


Typical song a long phrase of short staccato notes going up and down the scale many times,... read more


Montane forest at 1400–3000 m.

Food and feeding

Few data; diet small invertebrates. Forages singly and in pairs; hops and runs over boulders and logs in gulleys.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Sumatra and Peninsular Malaysia EBA. Locally common. This species’ population size has not... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2019). Sumatran Shortwing (Brachypteryx saturata). 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 18 September 2019).