The two Indian birds which I place in this genus are absolutely congeneric with Brachypteryx montana, 'the type of the genus. They have hitherto been placed in Callene, the type of which is C. frontalis; but they are not only not congeneric with this bird, but they belong, in my opinion, to quite another family. Callene is a true Thrush with the young mottled; Brachypteryx, according to the evidence before me, is a Crateropodine bird with the young similar to the adult. The two genera are also in structure quite
different, especially with regard to the Length of the tail and tarsus.
In Brachypteryx the bill is about half the Length of the head, strong and broad at the base; the nostrils are long ovals and they are overhung by the greatly Lengthened shafts of the frontal feathers; the rictal bristles are long. The wing is short and rounded; the tarsus smooth and of considerable Length, and the tail is short and square or nearly so. The sexes are alike in all respects, and both species are non-migratory and confined to small tracts of hill-country.
Key to the Species.
a. Sides of abdomen slaty blue……………… albiventris, p. 185.
b. Sides of abdomen pale chestnut ……………… B. rufiventris,p. 185,