Bill smaller than in other Eurylaemidae, and the culmen higher. Nostrils at the base of the beak, and concealed, as is the greater part of the upper mandible, by the feathers of the lores, which are large and directed forward. No rictal bristles. Tail short and nearly square. Tarsi distinctly scutellated in front. Plumage harsh, bright green nearly throughout.
This is the most aberrant member of the group, and has been by many writers placed in a different family or subfamily. Three species are now known, two of which are peculiar to Borneo.