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Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Eaglenest, W.S. Arunchal Predash, India, April 2009
Heteroxenicus stellatus

Brachypteryx stellata


12–13 cm


Asia: found in China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Vietnam


Previously placed in genus Brachypteryx.


There are 2 subspecies[1]:

  • H. s. stellatus:
  • H. s. fuscus:
  • Mountains of north Vietnam (north-western Tonkin)


Breeds on treeless mountain scree at heights around 3300–4200 m.



Their diet mostly consists of seeds and insects.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)

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