Eupetidae (Rail-babbler)

Phylogenetic placement: Passeri: Passerides: Picathartoidea

Distribution: endemic to the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo

Number of extant genera: 1 (monotypic)

Number of extant species: 1


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