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BiologyThe white-bellied shortwing may spend much of the year in pairs. Pairs breed between March and June, laying between two and three eggs in May. Nests are built in ravines and tree hollows, and sometimes on pathside and roadside banks. Each nest consists of a large, poorly constructed bundle of green moss formed loosely into a shallow cup that may be lined with rootlets (5). Fly-catchers by name, shortwings are insect-eating ground-feeders, picking caterpillars and small flies from the forest floor, road-sides and stream sides (5).