Software defect prediction is a promising approach aiming to improve software quality and testing efficiency by providing timely identification of defect-prone software modules before the actual testing process begins. These prediction results help software developers to effectively allocate their limited resources to the modules that are more prone to defects. In this paper, a hybrid heterogeneous ensemble approach is proposed for the purpose of software defect prediction. Heterogeneous ensembles consist of set of classifiers of different learning base methods in which each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses. The main idea of the proposed approach is to develop expert and robust heterogeneous classification models. Two versions of the proposed approach are developed and experimented. The first is based on simple classifiers, and the second is based on ensemble ones. For evaluation, 21 publicly available benchmark datasets are selected to conduct the experiments and benchmark the proposed approach. The evaluation results show the superiority of the ensemble version over other well-regarded basic and ensemble classifiers. © 2020 by the authors.