Estrelda formosa, Lath.
705. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 361; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 496; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 416; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 129.
THE GREEN WAXBILL.
Karri Lal, Hin.
Length, 4 ; wing, 1.75 ; tail, 1.4.
Bill waxy-red ; irides pale-brown ; feet plumbeous-brown.
Above light olive-green; quills and tail dusky, the former edged with green; beneath very pale-yellow, somewhat darker on the lower belly and under tail-coverts, and with broad transverse dashes of dusky on the flanks and sides of the abdomen.
The Green Waxbill is common on the Vindhian hills near Mhow, also on the Aravalli Range ; it occurs but rarely in the Deccan, and has not been recorded from Sind.
It is a permanent resident; both nest and eggs resemble those of E. amandava, but are somewhat larger.