The single species which constitutes this genus is very similar in general structure to Otocompsa. It differs in having a shorter crest and in having the back and rump covered with very dense plumage. The feathers of these parts, however, possess a peculiarity which has not before been noticed. Their shafts are rigid and spinous, and if the fingers are passed along the back from the tail towards the head the prickly character of the feathers can easily be felt. The present species clearly forms a link between the Brachypodius and the genus Campophaga among the Laniidae.
This Bulbul appears to be similar to Otocompsa in Habits.