(1037) Amandava flavidiventris.
The Burmese Bed Munia.
Estrelda flavidiventris Wallace, P. Z. S., 1863, p. 840 (Timor & Flores). Sporaeginthus flavidiventris. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 193.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. - Adult male. Very similar to A. amandava but with the flanks crimson, spotted with white throughout; the centre of the abdomen is orange-yellow; the under tail-coverts are black spotted with crimson-white.
Colours of soft parts. Iris crimson, eyelids livid purple; bill deep red with a black base; legs and feet flesh-colour, the claws darker.
Measurements, Wing 44 to 45 mm.
The Female and Young cannot be distinguished from those of the Indian Red Munia.
Distribution.. Central and South Burma to Tenasserim ; Shan States.
Nidification and Habits very much the same as those of the Indian Red Munia. Col. Harington and Mr. Wickham found them breeding in October, November and December in the Shan States and Mr. Oates took eggs in Pegu in the first of these months. They make their nests almost always m grass, short or tail, and place them very close to the ground and well concealed.