Bill slender, compressed, truncated ; culmen straight, angulate ; nasal ridge strongly marked, but low down near the commissure and not extending more than halfway along the bill; nostrils basal, nasal plumes short ; gonys long, chin-angle near to the gape, much concealed by bristles ; fourth (outer posterior) toe slightly longer than third (outer anterior). Head scarcely crested. Outer pair of tail-feathers shorter than coverts. Plumage soft, black and white above, chestnut below ; crown of head red in males, black spotted with white in females.
Only two species are known, one inhabits the Himalayas, the other Northern China.