727. Uroloncha acuticauda.
Munia acuticauda, Hodgs. As. Res. xix, p. 153 (1836) ; Horsf. & M. Gat. ii, p. 510; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 356 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 450. Munia molucca (Linn.), Blyth, Cat. p. 117. Amadina acuticauda (Hodgs.), Hume, Cat. no. 702; Oates, B. B. i, p. 364; Hume, S. F. xi, p. 273. Uroloncha acuticauda (Hodgs.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 356; Oates in Humes N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 131.
The Himalayan Munia, Jerd.; Samprek-pho, Lepch.; Namprek, Bhut.
Coloration. The whole upper plumage chocolate-brown, with a band of white across the rump, the upper tail-coverts washed with rufous, all the shafts of the feathers of the upper plumage white ; fail black ; wing-coverts brown with white shafts; wings blackish brown ; feathers round the bill, the chin, and upper throat black ; ear-coverts and sides of neck rufous, with paler margins and white shafts ; lower throat, fore neck, and breast chocolate-brown, with pale rufous or whitish margins and white shafts; abdomen and sides of the body white mottled with brown; vent, thighs, and under tail-coverts chocolate-brown with white shaft-streaks.
Young birds have the upper plumage somewhat similar to that of the adult, and the lower plumage almost uniform dull greyish white mottled with brown.
Upper mandible blackish, the lower plumbeous; iris dark brown; legs plumbeous ; claws horny.
Length about 4.5; tail 1.75 ; wing 2; tarsus .55; bill from gape .4.
This bird varies slightly in plumage throughout its great range.
Distribution. The lower ranges of the Himalayas from Garhwal to Assam, up to 5000 feet; the whole eastern portion of the Empire from Assam to Tenasserim : sparingly distributed. This species extends to Southern China, Siam, the Malay peninsula, and Sumatra.
Habits, &c. Breeds from about June to November or December. The eggs measure about .61 by .42.