732. Uroloncha pectoralis.
The Rufous-bellied Munia.
Munia pectoralis, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 355 (1803); Hume, N. & E. p. 448 ; id. S. F. iii, p. 263, iv, p. 403. Amadina pectoralis (Jerd.), Hume, Cat, no. 700. Uroloncha pectoralis (Jerd.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 365; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 136.
Coloration. Upper plumage chocolate-brown with pale shafts, the head a darker brown ; the rump blackish, with broad triangular streaks of pale buff; upper tail-coverts glistening fulvous; tail black; wings dull black; lores, cheeks, chin, throat, and fore neck black; ear-coverts buff with pale shafts; sides o£ the fore neck, sides of breast, breast, sides of the body, and the whole abdomen pinkish brown; vent and under tail-coverts blackish, with pinkish-brown streaks.
The young are plain chocolate-brown above with fulvous upper tail-coverts, and have the lower plumage buff with pale shaft-streaks.
Bill, legs, and feet slaty; iris brown (Miss Cockburn).
Length nearly 5; tail 1.8; wing 2.2; tarsus .5; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. The hills on the western coast of India from the Wynaad to Travancore.
Habits, &c. Appears to breed chiefly in June and July. The eggs measure about .62 by .44.