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Brachypteryx goodfellowi


13 cm, male and female similar
Olive brown above and buffy-brown below except for white central belly. Rusty forehead and rump, rufous edges to flight feathers and white supercilium that may be weaker in females or in younger individuals.

Similar species

The only member of its genus on Taiwan and therefore not really relevant.


Mountains of Taiwan


This is a monotypic species[1].

This species was recently split from White-browed Shortwing.


Dense undergrowth especially near streams in mature forest at 1000-3000m asl.


Very little known.


Song consists of short, fairly simple components and direct repetition of components is rare.


  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). Taiwan Shortwing (Brachypteryx goodfellowi), 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.whbsho6.01
  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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