White-browed shortwing

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White-browed shortwing
White-browed Shortwing Brachypteryx montana Turdidae photographed in Doi Inthanon National Park on July 8 2013 by Devon Pike.jpg
Male in Thailand.
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Brachypteryx
B. montana
Binomial name
Brachypteryx montana
Horsfield, 1821

The white-browed shortwing (Brachypteryx montana) is a species of chat. This species is now classified in the family Muscicapidae.

Illustration of the white-browed shortwing by J. G. Keulemans 1842-1912

It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. White-browed Shortwing is a shy skulker, preferring to be on or near the ground, in the depths of dark vegetation, where it feeds on small insects, larvae, berries, seeds, sprouts and new buds of plants. The nest consists of moss and grass stems, placed in a dense shrub.[2]

The first formal description of the white-browed shortwing was by the America naturalist Thomas Horsfield in 1821. He used the present binomial name Brachypteryx montana.[3]


  1. ^ BirdLife International. 2018. Brachypteryx montana. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018: e.T103866595A132045481. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T103866595A132045481.en. Downloaded on 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.birdingintaiwan.com/white-browedshortwing.htm
  3. ^ Horsfield, Thomas (1821). "Systematic arrangement and description of birds from the island of Java". Transactions of the Linnean Society of London (in Latin and English). 13 (Part 1): 133–200 [157]. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8339.1821.tb00061.x. The paper was read to a meeting of the Society in April 1820. The title page is dated 1822.

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