Amadina malacca, Lin.
697. :- Munia malacca, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 352 ; Butler, Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 415.
THE BLACK-HEADED MUNIA.
Length, 4.5 ; wing, 2.6 ; tail, 1.5.
Bill bluish, yellowish at tip ; irides dark-brown ; legs plumbeous.
Whole head, neck, and breast, rich black; back, wings, and tail, pure rich cinnamon-red ; upper tail-coverts brighter tinged, and with a glistening lustre; beneath, from the breast, white, with the middle of the abdomen and vent black.
Young birds of the year have the upper parts plain rufescent-brown, and the lower parts pale-buff, the chin and throat being albescent, and the lores dusky.
The Black-headed Munia is a common seasonal visitant about Belgaum, breeding abundantly during the rains, in the sugarcane fields. The eggs are not distinguishable from those of A. malabarica.