(1018) Munia malacca orientalis.
The Madras Black-headed Munia.
Munia malacca orientalis Stuart Baker, Bull. B. O. C, xlv, p. 58 (1925) (Madras). Munia malacca. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 182 (part).
Vernacular names as in the preceding bird.
Description. Similar to M. m. malacca but darker and richer chestnut above and generally with less black below.
Colours of soft parts as in the preceding race.
Measurements. Wing 52 to 58 mm.
Distribution. The whole of Southern India North to the Central Provinces, East of Mysore, Coorg, Travancore and the Nilgiris, but not Travancore in the West, nor the Malabar Coast or Belgaum.
Nidification and Habits. Those of the preceding bird. Munia atricapilla.
Key to Subspecies.
A. Smaller, very little black on abdomen; wing 48 to 53 mm…….M. a. atricapilla, p. 80.
B. Larger, black on abdomen very prominent; wing 52 to 59 mm…M. a. rubronigra, p. 81.