1037. Amandava flavidiventris

(1037) Amandava flavidiventris (Wallace).
THE BURMESE RED MUNIA.
Amandava flavidiventris Fauna B, I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 97.
This Munia, which to me seems to be a representative species, rather than a geographical race, of the Indian bird, is found from the Southern Shan States South to Tenasserim.
The nidification of the Burmese Red Munia differs very little from that of the Indian species. Oates, writing from Pegu, says :— “I have taken the eggs on the 2nd Nov. and subsequently in the same month. The nest is placed near the ground in soft luxuriant grass. It is a spherical mass of grass, about 6 inches outside diameter, with an opening at the side. The majority of the structures are lined with feathers.”
I have nests and eggs taken by Wickham in November in the South Shan States, but these were all grass nests built low down in elephant or other coarse grass 6 to 8 feet high. According to Wickham they breed only once a year in the cold weather, when grass-seed, their principal food, is most abundant. Nests found by Harington in the same state were similar, but he found two nests lined with feathers. He obtained most of his nests while riding or shooting on hearing the chirp of the little bird as it left its nest almost at his feet.
The breeding season lasts apparently from August to January and the birds lay four to eight eggs, generally six.
Thirty eggs average 13.9 x 11.1 mm. : maxima 15.9 x 11.0 and 14.2 x 11.9 mm. ; minima 13.1 x 10.9 and 14.0 x 10.7 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1037. Amandava flavidiventris
Spp Author: 
Wallace.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1037
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
33
Common name: 
Burmese Bed Munia
M_ID: 
29990
M_SN: 
Amandava amandava flavidiventris
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14133

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