733. Uroloncha kelaarti.
The Ceylon Munia.
Munia kelaarti, Blyth, Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 356 (1863); Blyth, Ibis, 1867, p. 299; Hume, S. F. vii, p. 410; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 650, pl. xxvii, fig. 2. Amadina kelaarti (Blyth), Hume, Cat. no. 700 bis. Uroloncha kelaarti (Blyth), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 366.
We-kurulla, Ceyl.; Tinna kuruvi, Tam.
Coloration. Upper plumage chocolate-brown with pale shafts, the head darker; rump black, with white cruciform marks; upper tail-coverts glistening fulvous ; tail black; wings dark brown or blackish ; cheeks, lores, chin, throat, and fore neck black; sides of the neck and of the breast pinkish brown with pale shafts ; breast and whole lower plumage pinkish white, irregularly but closely cross-barred with black.
The young are plain chocolate-brown above, without pale shafts or white marks on. the rump, and pale buff below with white shafts and irregular cross-bands of brown.
Iris sepia-brown; bill blackish leaden, bluish at the base of the lower mandible; legs and feet plumbeous, in some with a greenish tinge (Legge).
Length about 4.5 ; tail 1.8; wing 2.1; tarsus .5; bill from gape .45.
Distribution. Confined to the island of Ceylon.