737. Stictospiza formosa.
The Green Munia.
Fringilla formosa, Lath. Ind. Orn. i, p. 441 (1790). Estrelda formosa (Lath.), Blyth, Cat. p. 119 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 361; Hume, N. & E. p. 456; Butler, S. F. iii, p. 496; Hume, Cat. no. 705; Reid, S. F. x, p. 56; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 265. Stictospiza formosa (Lath.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 287; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 145.
The Green Wax-bill, Jerd.; Harre lal, Harre munia, Hind.
Coloration. Male. The whole upper plumage light green, tinged with yellow on the upper tail-coverts; wings and their coverts brown, each feather broadly edged with light green, the closed wing appearing entirely of this latter colour ; tail black ; sides of the head and neck yellowish green ; lower plumage yellow, pale on the chin, throat and fore neck, brighter on the breast, and becoming deep on the abdomen, vent, and under tail-coverts; flanks and sides of the body transversely barred with dark greenish brown and white, the white bars sometimes tinged with yellow; under wing-coverts pale yellowish.
Female. Not very dissimilar to the male, but having the green of the upper plumage and wings duller ; the chin, throat, and breast-grey barely tinged with yellow, and the yellow of the remaining lower parts much paler.
The young bird has the upper plumage olive-brown ; the lower plumage ochraceous, turning to pale yellow on the abdomen ; flanks and sides of the body pale buff, uniform and unbarred; bill black.
Bill waxy red ; feet plumbeous brown; iris pale brown (Jerdon).
Length about 4; tail 1.5 ; wing 1.95 ; tarsus .5; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. The Central portion of the Indian continent, the extreme points to which this species extends being apparently Mount Abu on the west, Palamow and Lohardugga on the east, Jhansi on the north, and Chanda and Ahiri on the south.
Habits, &c. Breeds apparently twice a year, once in the rains and once in the cold season, laying five eggs, which measure about .66 by .47.