Family Old World Flycatchers and Chats (Muscicapidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Shortwing (Brachypteryx goodfellowi)


French: Brachyptère de Taiwan German: Taiwan-Bergkurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto de Formosa

Brachypteryx goodfellowi


, 1912,

Mt Arizan, Taiwan, 8000 ft [c. 2440 m]


Until recently considered conspecific with B. montana (and with the other six species now separated from this “parent”), but differs in its female-plumaged male (4); stronger white brow in female (1); darker brown upperparts and breast than other mid-brown females (B. cruralis and B. sinensis) (1); notably longer bill than all other taxa in former B. montana (allow 2); but vocally very similar to B. sinensis#R. Monotypic.

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Mountains of Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Male has long white supercilium; otherwise is olive-brown above, with slight rusty tinge on forehead and rump, dark rufous outer edges of flight-feathers, and paler... read more


Typical song is a brief verse, starting with a fairly short note on flat pitch; probably not safely... read more


Occurs in montane forest at c. 1000–3000 m. Prefers dense undergrowth, especially damp areas near... read more

Food and feeding

No published information. Diet unlikely to differ significantly from that of congeners, e.g. B. cruralis. Forages on and close to... read more


Nothing known. Details considered unlikely to differ significantly from those pertaining to B. cruralis.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted-range species: confined to the Taiwan EBA. Not uncommon locally, but very difficult to observe. Population estimated to... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Christie, D.A. (2020). Taiwan Shortwing (Brachypteryx goodfellowi). 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 28 February 2020).