Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike

bar-winged flycatcher-shrike
褐背鹟䴗 (hèbèi wēngjú)
Hemipus picatus
14 cm

In China, race capitalis ranges from southeastern Tibet to western Guangxi. Lives in forests to 2000 m. Mostly in mid-canopy, where it 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. 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. Somewhat similar little pied flycatcher has prominent white eyebrow. Ashy and Swinhoe’s minivet are larger and have longer tails, less prominent wing bar, and white forehead; Swinhoe’s minivet and female ashy minivet have grey crown. Bill short, thin, black; feet black. 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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