PLATE VIII. (FIG. 2).
Munia forbesi, Selater, Proc. Zool. Soc. 1879, pp. 447, 449, pl. xxxvii. fig. 3.
Munia forbesi, Reichnw, et Schal. Journ, fur Ornith. 1880, p. 203. Munia forbesi, Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. xvi. 1880, p. 192.
Munia forbesi, Salvadori, Ornit. Papuasia, p. 438 (1881).
Figure. Selater, Proc. Zool. Soc. 1879, pl. xxxvii. fig. 3.
Habitat. New Ireland.
“Testaceo-rufa, subtus paulo dilutior ; capite undique cum gula, hypo¬chondriis et ventre imo cum femoribus et caudae tectricibus pro¬duces nigris ; rostro et pedibus nigris. Long, tota 4, alae 2, caudae acuminatae 1.5 ; rostro crassiusculo ” (P. L. Selater).
Male. Head and chin black ; back, wings, and tail-feathers chestnut-brown, darkest on the primaries ; rump and upper tail-coverts glistening ferruginous, centre tail-feathers and outer edges of the rest glistening pale ferruginous ; throat and under-parts bright rufous ; ventral patch and under tail-coverts black ; axillaries and under surface of wing pale fulvous ; iris hazel brown ; bill and feet slaty-black : “length 4.0, wing 2.0, tail 1.5 ” (P. L. Selater).
Forbes’s Munia is another well-marked species of this group of thick¬billed Weavers, and was discovered in New Ireland by the Rev. G. Brown, who has not given us any details respecting the habits and nidification.
Mr. P. L. Selater described and figured the species in the ‘Proceedings of the Zoological Society’ for 1879, and remarks that “a single example of this Finch, obtained in the Topaia district of New Ireland in September 1878, is in the collection. It is a rather thick-billed species, belonging to the group of M. malacca. I propose to name it Munia forbesi in compliment to Mr. W. A. Forbes, F.Z.S.”
The figure (Plate VIII. fig. 2) is from a specimen in the British Museum.