Species of Thailand

Himalayan shortwing

Brachypteryx cruralis, Edward Blyth, 1843

(In Thai: นกปีกสั้นสีน้ำเงิน)

The Himalayan shortwing (Brachypteryx cruralis) is a species of chat. This species is now classified in the family Muscicapidae.

It is found in South-east Asia from the Himalayas to southern China, northwestern Thailand and northern Indochina. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It 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.

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Category / Seasonal Status

BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years

BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident

Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Muscicapidae
Genus
Brachypteryx
Species
Brachypteryx cruralis

Common names

  • Thai: นกปีกสั้นสีน้ำเงิน

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (ONEP)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (BCST)

Photos

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Brachypteryx montana (female)
White-browed shortwing
White-browed shortwing (female)
White-browed shortwing (male)

Range Map

Distribution map of Himalayan shortwing, Brachypteryx cruralis in Thailand
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Doi Phu Kha National Park
  • Doi Suthep - Pui National Park
Range map of Brachypteryx cruralis in Thailand