Gould's shortwing

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Gould's shortwing
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Brachypteryx
Sharpe, 1902
Species: B. stellata
Binomial name
Brachypteryx stellata
(Gould, 1868)

Heteroxenicus stellatus

The Gould's shortwing (Brachypteryx stellata) is a species of bird in the Turdidae family. It is found in Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Some taxonomists place it in its own monotypic genus Heteroxenicus.

The common name commemorates the English ornithologist and bird artist John Gould (1804-1881).[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Brachypteryx stellata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael (2003). Whose Bird? Men and Women Commemorated in the Common Names of Birds. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 145–146.