802. Emberiza striolata.
The Striolated Bunting,
Fringillaria striolata, Licht. Verz. Doubl. p. 24 (1823); Hume, N. & F. p. 463; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xii, p. 561. Emberiza striolata (Licht), Hume, Ibis, 1870, p, 399; id. S. F. vii, p. 410; id. Cat. no. 720 bis; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 170.
Coloration. Male. Forehead, crown, and nape greyish white, thickly streaked with black; upper plumage, scapulars, and lesser coverts pale rufous with dark streaks; wings and tail dark brown, each feather margined with rufous ; lores and a distinct supercilium white; a black eye-band followed below by a broad whitish band from the gape to the middle of the ear-coverts and by another black band meeting the eye-band behind the ear-coverts ; a white moustachial streak ; chin, throat, and upper breast ashy, with black streaks to the feathers; remainder of lower plumage, under wing-coverts, and a portion of the inner webs of the quills rufous.
The difference in plumage in winter and summer is in this species very trifling.
Female. Resembles the male closely 'out is somewhat duller in coloration.
Iris brown ; legs and feet yellowish fleshy; claws pale brown ; upper mandible dark brown, lower fleshy brown (Hume Coll.).
Length nearly 6; tail 2.0; wing 3.1; tarsus .6; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. A permanent resident in a great portion of the plains of the north-west portion of the Empire from Sind to Etawah in the N. W. Provinces and from the Punjab down to Cutch. This species also occurs as far as Saugor in the Central Provinces. It extends westwards to Arabia and Palestine.
Habits, &c. Breeds in November and December, and probably also a second time in June or July, constructing a nest of grass under or between blocks of stone. The eggs are marked with brown of various shades and measure about .76 by .56.