Thrushes (Turdidae)

White-browed Shortwing (Brachypteryx montana) - HBW 10, p. 711

French: Brachyptère bleue German: Bergkurzflügel Spanish: Alicorto Azul
Other common names: Blue Shortwing, Indigo-blue Shortwing; Himalayan Blue Shortwing (cruralis)

Taxonomy: Brachypteryx montana Horsfield, 1821, Java.
Race goodfellowi, rather different from others in plumage and voice, conceivably represents a separate species; floris also very distinctive in plumage and may represent a further species, although its voice is unknown. A population on Mindanao (Philippines) has highly distinct song; may be an unnamed race or species, or possibly merely a vocally differentiated deme. Fourteen subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • cruralis (Blyth, 1843) - C & E Himalayas, Myanmar, S & SC China (S Sichuan S to SE Xizang and NW Yunnan), NW Thailand and N Indochina.
  • sinensis Rickett & La Touche, 1897 - SE China.
  • goodfellowi Ogilvie-Grant, 1912 - mountains of Taiwan.

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  • cruralis (Blyth, 1843) - C & E Himalayas, Myanmar, S & SC China (S Sichuan S to SE Xizang and NW Yunnan), NW Thailand and N Indochina.
  • sinensis Rickett & La Touche, 1897 - SE China.
  • goodfellowi Ogilvie-Grant, 1912 - mountains of Taiwan.
  • poliogyna Ogilvie-Grant, 1895 - N Philippines (N Luzon).
  • andersoni Rand & Rabor, 1967 - S Luzon.
  • mindorensis Hartert, 1916 - Mindoro.
  • sillimani Ripley & Rabor, 1962 - Mt Mantalingajan and Mt Victoria, on Palawan (W Philippines).
  • brunneiceps Ogilvie-Grant, 1896 - Negros and Panay.
  • malindangensis Mearns, 1909 - Mt Malindang, on Mindanao.
  • mindanensis Mearns, 1905 - Mt Apo, on Mindanao.
  • saturata Salvadori, 1879 - Sumatra.
  • erythrogyna Sharpe, 1888 - N Borneo.
  • montana Horsfield, 1821 - Java.
  • floris Hartert, 1897 - Flores (Lesser Sundas).