Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus capitalis, male, near Lancang (Mekong) River (22.274372, 100.611210), Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan, China, elev. 760 m (2,490 ft.), January. (Craig Brelsford)
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Male capitalis, Skytree Nature Reserve (21.627267, 101.588062), Xishuangbanna Prefecture, Yunnan, elev. 720 m (2,360 ft.), March. (Craig Brelsford)
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Female capitalis, Skytree Nature Reserve (21.627267, 101.588062), Yunnan, elev. 720 m (2,360 ft.), January. (Craig Brelsford)

Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike Hemipus picatus capitalis ranges southeast Tibet to western Guangxi. HABITAT & BEHAVIOR Forests, to 2000 m (6,560 ft.). Mostly in mid-canopy, where combs through foliage and makes aerial sallies for insects. Often in small flocks, conspecific or mixed; rarely lingers, instead moving steadily from tree to tree. ID & COMPARISON Male has black cap and dark brown mantle and back. Wings mainly black with long white wing bar from median coverts to inner secondaries. Rump white. Outer tail feathers have white edges; three outer tail feathers white-tipped. Underparts white with grey-brown wash on breast. Female like male but duller above. Juvenile scaly on crown and mantle. Little Pied Flycatcher Ficedula westermanni has prominent white eyebrow. Ashy Minivet Pericrocotus divaricatus and Swinhoe’s Minivet P. cantonensis are larger and have longer tails, less prominent wing bar, and white forehead; Swinhoe’s Minivet and female Ashy Minivet have grey crown. BARE PARTS Bill short, thin, black; feet black. VOICE Song thin, sweet, and busy, delivered in bursts and flows.​ — Craig Brelsford


Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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