1032. Uroloncha punctulata subundulata

(1032) Uroloncha punctulata subundulata.

The Burmese Spotted Munia.

Munia subundulata Godw.-Aust, P.Z.S., 1874, p. 48 (Manipur). Uroloncha punctulata. Blanf. & Oates, ii, p. 189 (part).

Vernacular names. None recorded.

Description. Differs from the typical race in having the rump much less boldly barred, often having the bars only faintly discernible; the upper tail-coverts and tail are suffused with olive-yellow. Below, the black edging is replaced by paler chocolate-brown and the ground-colour is less pure white, making these parts far less boldly black and white than they are in U. p. punctulata; the under tail-coverts are also generally white, not buff.

Colours of soft parts as in the Indian race.

Measurements. Wing 53 to 55 mm.

Distribution. Manipur to Tenasserim in the South, excluding a certain area round Pegu; East this form does not extend to Siam but has been recorded from Cochin China; specimens from Yunnan and the Shan States seem nearer to the Chinese form topela. Specimens from the Khasia Hills, Cachar, Sylhet, Tippera and Chittagong are somewhat intermediate and individuals may be met with indistinguishable from true punctulata; on the whole, however, they are nearer the Burmese birds and should be retained under the name U.p. subundulata.

Nidification. Similar to the preceding. The breeding-season is late, August to October, though nests may be seen in most months. Thirty eggs average 16.1x11.1 mm.: maxima 17.0 x 120 mm.; minima 14.0 x 10.4 and 14.8 x 10.3 mm.

Habits. Those of the species.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.3 1926.
Title in Book: 
1032. Uroloncha punctulata subundulata
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
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Common name: 
Burmese Spotted Munia
Lonchura punctulata subundulata
Vol. 3

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