Brachypteryx montana are fairly shy birds and can be hard to see, making them often only detected by their beautiful song. Their song consists of long quick series of strong explosive warbling whistles introduced with one to three whistled wheez notes which then rise and fall between multiple 5-15 second intervals. These calls can be heard at almost all daylight hours but are most consistently heard in the early morning and late afternoon. White-Browed Shortwings are shy skulkers, preferring to be on or near the ground, in the depths of dark vegetation, where they feed on small insects, earthworms, larvae, berries, seeds, sprouts and new buds of plants.
Nests typically are cup-shaped, built of a woven mixture of mosses, grasses, bamboo leaves, epiphyte roots and ferns, and lined with rootlets and fine fibers, with a circular side entrance near the ground (no higher than 10m) or occasionally on fallen trees. Both nesting males and females put on a display that serves to distract possible predators away from the nest by giving off a sequenced alarm call, pointing its tail feathers and flicking its wings rapidly. These displays hold resemblances to their courtship behavior, yet much about their courtship ritual is unknown.
Brachypteryx montana follows a fairly typical breeding cycle. In the Himalayas the breeding months are from May until July. In the Philippines breeding is from February to August. In Borneo breeding typically occurs in February and in Java from October to April.
In the Philippines, Brachypteryx montana typically lays two to three glossy white eggs. There is no known information on incubation and nestling period.
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