Horsf., Trans. L. S., xiii, p. 157 (1820). Type, B. montana.
The genus Brachypteryx has the bill about equal in length to half the head, fairly strong and broad at the base, but slender from the centre to the tip; the nostrils are long ovals and are overhung by the lengthened shafts of the frontal feathers; the rictal bristles are long. The wing is short and rounded; the tarsus smooth, -long and strong and the tail is almost square. The sexes are alike and the young, like all the rest of the family, heavily squamated. There is only one species represented by two races, both confined to a comparatively small area.
Brachypteryx major (Jerdon), 1844.
Key to Subspecies.
A. Sides of abdomen pale chestnut B. major major, p. 10.
B. Sides of abdomen slaty-blue B. major albiventris,