The Artaminae, or Swallow-Shrikes, are characterized by wings of great Length, which enable them to spend a considerable portion of their time in the air. They catch their insect-food entirely on the wing, either by darting upon it from a fixed perch, or by flying about after the fashion of Swallows.
In these birds the bill is conical, slightly curved and pointed, and the tip is neither hooked nor notched. The first primary is very minute, and the second very large, reaching quite to the tip of the wing. The tail is square and short. The tarsus is weak. The plumage is firm, and the colours plain. The sexes are alike.
The true Artaminae are confined to the Indian and Australian regions.