Bill shorter and deeper than in Zanclostomus and Rhopodytes; upper mandible distinctly festooned near the base. Wings short and rounded; tail long, broad, and graduated, upper tail-coverts more than half as long as the tail. The plumage of the head, neck, upper back, and breast spinous, shafts of the frontal feathers projecting. A row of coarse bristles nearly surrounds the eye except behind. Tarsus strong. Claws short and curved. Plumage above grey.
A single species, peculiar to India and Ceylon.