Amadina punctulata, Lin.
699. :- Munia undulata, Lath. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 354 ; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 495 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 415.
THE SPOTTED MUNIA.
Length, 4.5; wing, 2.2 ; tail, 1.5; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.4. Bill plumbeous ; irides brown ; legs plumbeous.
Above ruddy-brown, deeper on the head and neck, inclining to whitish on the rump, and the upper tail-coverts and margins of the lateral tail-feathers, glistening fulvous; quills, chesnut externally, dusky within; beneath, the chin and throat, with the face and ear- coverts, rich chesnut; breast and flanks white, with numerous zig-zag cross bars of black ; lower abdomen, vent and undertail-coverts, whitish unmarked.
With the exception of Sind, the Spotted or Barred Munia occurs throughout our limits, but is very locally distributed. It is a permanent resident, breeding during July and August The eggs, five to eight in number, are of the usual glossless, dead-white color. They measure 0.65 in length by about 0.46 in breadth.