The Artamidae, or Swallow-Shrikes, resemble the Shrikes in having the young barred both above and below and also in their strong bill, which, however, is neither notched nor hooked, though it is gently curved. Their principal characteristics are their very long powerful wings and their very short tarsi. The wings have the first primary very small and the second and third sub-equal and longest. The tail is short and square. The sexes are alike in plumage.
In India there is but the one genus, Artamus.