Saroglossa Hodgson, J. A. S. B., xiii, p. 367 (1844). Type, Saroglossa spiloptera.
This genus, generally spelt Psaroglossa, was originally spelt without the P, and Blyth's Psaroglossa (nom. emend. Cat. B. Mus. As. Society, p. 109, 1849) cannot be accepted.
This genus is rather aberrant in some respects, having even larger rictal bristles than is usual, whilst the sexes are different in coloration. In all other respects, as in habits and nidification, it is essentially a Starling and must be placed in this family, to which it is closer than it is to the Sturnidae.
The bill is slender and gently curved, the nostrils are small and slender and the rictal bristles short though strong; the feathers of the crown are somewhat lanceolate but short; the wing is long and pointed and the first primary very small; the tail is short and square ; the tongue is less fleshy than in Eulabes.