Monotypic species endemic to SW India.
Formerly considered conspecific with Myiomela (m.) albiventris [Brachypteryx (m.) albiventris]. Separated following:
Robin, V. V., Sinha, A. and Ramakrishnan, U. (2010) Ancient Geographical Gaps and Paleo-Climate Shape the Phylogeography of an Endemic Bird in the Sky Islands of Southern India. PLoS One 5(10)