The genus Urocichla contains two Wrens which may be recognized by their short tail of ten feathers. Their upper plumage is squamated or scale-like. They are resident species and owing to their very short, rounded wings they probably are incapable of flying far.
In Urocichla the bill is rather stout and very similar to that of Elachura ; the tail is rounded, the outer feather reaching to about three quarters the Length of the middle pair, and the tarsus and toes are long. The sexes are alike and the young somewhat resemble the adult.
Key to the Species.
a. Lower plumage plain rufous; middle of abdomen white…………….U. longicaudata, p. 340.
b. Lower plumage rufous, variegated with black and white bars…………….U. caudata, p. 341,