Amadina malabarica, Lin.
703. :- Munia malabarica, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 357 ; Butler, Guzerat, Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 496 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 416 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 182 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 129.
THE PLAIN BROWN MUNIA.
Length, 5; wing, 2.12 ; tail, 2.
Bill plumbeous ; irides deep-brown ; legs livid-carneous.
Upper plumage pale earthy-brown, slightly rufescent on the head, and darker towards the forehead; wings and tail blackish ; the tertiaries slightly bordered with whitish at their truncated tips ; upper tail-coverts white, edged with black externally ; cheeks and lower parts white, tinged with pale earthy-brown on the flanks, which sometimes have some faint cross rays.
The central tail-feathers are much elongated, being three-quarters of an inch longer than the outermost pair.
The Plain Brown Munia is very common throughout the district. It is a permanent resident, and seems to breed the whole year through. The nest is a rather large, loosely constructed sphere, made of grass, lined with fine grass stems. The eggs, from four to ten in number, are rather broad ovals, and are of the usual dead, glossless, white color. They measure 0.6 by about 0.47 inches.