The genus Hodgsonius is represented by a single species, which bears considerable resemblance in shape and colour to Brachypteryx, but differs in having the sexes differently coloured and the tail considerably longer.
The bill of Hodgsonius resembles that of Drymochares, and the rictal bristles are weak. The wing is rounded, and the tarsus is Lengthened and much graduated.
The young appear to resemble the female from the earliest age. The only species of this genus is non-migratory, and although it is a fairly common bird nothing is on record about its habits.