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Chinese Shortwing - BirdForum Opus

Brachypteryx sinensis


13 cm
Male greyish blue with white real belly and undertail coverts and grey lores. May show white supercilium when agitated
Female brownish all over but with whitish real belly and undertail.

Similar species

Compared with Himalayan Shortwing, male is paler, more greyish and lacks the black lores. Females lack the rusty tones in the forehead and lores and have paler belly.


Mountains of south-eastern China (north-western Fujian and Guangxi)


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species was recently split from White-browed Shortwing.


Humid, dense undergrowth in mature forest up to 3000 m asl.


Food consists of small invertebrates.


Short segments given in rapid succession, where elements frequently in direct repeats.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. del Hoyo, J., N. Collar, and D. A. Christie (2020). Chinese Shortwing (Brachypteryx sinensis), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.whbsho5.01
  3. Alstrom et al. 2018 Taxonomy of the White-browed Shortwing (Brachypteryx montana) complex on mainland Asia and Taiwan. Avian Research

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