The two birds which I propose to place in this genus (with S. ruficeps as the type) are not congeneric with any of the birds previously noticed. Jerdon and others have placed them in Paradoxornis, but in my opinion wrongly so. They are characterized by a very short tail, in fact they are the only Crow-Tits in which the tail is not longer than the wing. The tail is, moreover, very slightly graduated, the outer feather being quite five sixths the whole Length of the tail.
The birds of this genus appear to frequent reeds and tall grass.
Key to the Species.
a. Crown of head rufous; chin white……………….S. ruficeps, p. 68.
5. Crown of head grey; chin black……………….S. gularis, p. 69,