December 24, 2016 – White-browed Shortwing, Blue Shortwing, Indigo-blue Shortwing, or Himalayan Blue Shortwing (Brachypteryx montana)

These birds are found in the Himalayas, southern China, and parts of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia. They eat small insects, such as beetles, caterpillars, and grubs, along with other invertebrates like snails and worms, foraging on or close to the ground. Their nests are woven from twigs, leaves, moss, roots, and other plant materials and camouflaged in vegetation near the ground. Males perform complex distraction displays to draw predators away from their nests. Females may also attempt to distract predators, but mostly use calls and wing flicking.


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