The genus Scotocerca contains two species resembling each other closely, one of which is found in India and westward to Arabia, and one in Africa.
The spring moult of S. inquieta, if any, is probably only a very partial one; at all events it is unaccompanied by any change of colour or structure in the tail. The position of this genus among the Warblers requires confirmation.
In Scotocerca the nostrils are overhung by long hairs, a feature which separates it widely from Franklinia and Prinia, which genera it resembles in habits and appearance. The tail is, however, but little longer than the wing, and moreover very slightly graduated.
The birds of this genus inhabit desert regions, especially stony hills, and they appear to be restless and active.