The genus Spizixus contains three birds, one of which is found in the hills of Assam and the others in China. This genus differs remarkably from all the other genera of Bulbuls in the shape of the bill, which is finch-like; and in having the nostrils partially concealed by overhanging plumelets.
Little is known of the Habits of this genus, and its position is very uncertain. For the present I follow others in placing it among the Bulbuls. Its position will probably be found hereafter to be among the Sibiinae.
In Spizixus the crest is thick, long and pointed. The bill is very short and deep, the culmen being gently curved throughout; the edges of the mandibles are slightly sinuated and notched near the tips. The tail is perfectly square, and the tarsus short and weak.