The genus Actinodura only differs from Leioptila in its shorter, less slender bill and in life they have a stouter, rather stronger tarsus, though this is not visible in dried skins.
The bill is about half the length of the head, the rictal bristles are long and the tail is considerably longer than the wing and well graduated as in Leioptila.
There are in India and Burma two species which vary considerably in different geographical areas.
Key to Species and Subspecies.
A. No white ring round eye.
a. Forehead and fore crown chestnut; back
reddish-olive A. egertoni egertoni, p. 303.
b. Forehead rufous; crown like the back.
a1. Back ochraceous A, e. khasiana, p. 304.
b1. Back greyish-olive .......... A. e. ripponi,-p. 305.
B. A conspicuous ring of white feathers round the eye. [p. 305.
c. Crown and back ashy olive-brown .... A. ramsayi ramsayi,
d. Crown tinged with rufous; back more
ochraceous A. r. radcliffei, p. 306.