Loxia, Linn., Syst. Nat., 10th ed. i, p. 171 (1758). Type, Loxia curvirostra Linn.
The genus Loxia is represented in India by one geographical race of the typical species. It may be recognized at a glance by the peculiar structure of the bill, in which the tips of the mandibles cross one another. The plumage of the male is principally red, that of the female green.
In Loxia the wing is very long, reaching, when folded, almost to the tip of the tail; the nostrils are covered by dense plumelets.