In Melanochlora the sexes are of different colours, and the nostrils are not entirely concealed by stiff bristles, consequently this generic type appears to me to be removed from the Parinae and to belong to the Liotrichinae.
In this genus the bill is strong but short; the tip is entire, the nostrils round and partially concealed by the soft frontal plumes. The crest is very long and pointed. The wing is comparatively long and sharp. The tail is shorter than the wing, and the feathers are graduated. The tarsus is strong and equal in Length to the middle toe with claw.
Only one species is known.