Chaetornis Gray, Gen. Birds, i, p. 167, pi xlviii, fig. 9 (1848). Type, C. striata (.Jerdon).
The genus Chaetornis is characterized by having unfeathered lores with five exceptionally strong rictal bristles arranged in a vertical row in front of the eye. The sexes are alike and there appears to be no Spring moult, though abrasion alters the colour of the feathers very greatly. The young are more richly coloured than the adults.
There are no supplementary hairs in front of the five rictal bristles and the feathers of the forehead are short and smooth.