Genus BRACHYPTERYX

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,

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.2 1924.
Title in Book: 
Genus BRACHYPTERYX
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1924
Page No: 
9
M_ID: 
28170
M_SN: 
Myiomela
Volume: 
Vol. 2
Term name: 
id: 
2974

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