734. Uroloncha malabarica.
The White-throated Munia.
Loxia malabarica, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 305 (1760). Munia malabarica (Linn.), Blyth, Cat. p. 117; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 508; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 357; Hume, N. & E. p. 451; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 662. Munia similaris, Stoliczka, J. A. S. B. xxxvii, pt. ii, p. 56 (1868). Amadina malabarica (Linn.), Hume, Cat. no. 703; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 263. Aidemosyne malabarica (Linn.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 369. Uroloncha malabarica (Linn.), Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 136.
The Plain Broum Munia, Jerd.; Charchara in the N.W. Prov.; Piddari, Southern and Central India; Sar-munia, Beng.; Jinuwayi, Tel.
Coloration. Upper plumage, wing-coverts, secondaries, and tertiaries earthy brown; primaries and winglet black; upper tail-coverts white, the outer webs of the exterior feathers partially black; tail dark brown, margined with rusty ; sides of the head and lower plumage pale buffy white, the sides of the body faintly cross-barred with rusty.
The young closely resemble the adult.
Upper mandible plumbeous horn-colour; lower mandible lavender ; legs and feet pale purplish pink; iris dark brown (Butler).
Length about 4.5; tail 1.9; wing 2.1 ; tarsus .55 ; bill from gape .4.
Distribution. The whole continent of India from the Himalayas, which this species ascends up to 5000 feet, to Cape Comorin and Ceylon. The most easterly locality at which this bird appears to have been observed is Kooshtea on the Ganges, Bengal, where Godwin-Austen obtained it (J. A. S. B. xliii, pt. ii, p. 171). To the west it ranges into Afghanistan.
Habits, &c. Breeds throughout the greater part of the year. The eggs measure .6 by .47.