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Brachypteryx montana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Muscicapidae
Genus: Brachypteryx
Horsfield, 1821

The genus Brachypteryx contains four species known as shortwings. They are colourful medium-sized mostly insectivorous birds. Opinion is divided as to whether they belong in the thrush family Turdidae, or the Old World flycatcher family Muscicapidae. Whilst white-browed and rusty-bellied shortwing show strong sexual plumage dimorphism, the other two have similar plumage between sexes. All species are southeast Asian.

In addition, two other species were formerly placed in Brachypteryx:

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