1022. Uroloncha striata fumigata

(1022) Uroloncha striata fumigata Walden.
THE ANDAMAN WHITE-BACKED MUNIA.
Uroloncha striata fumigata, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. iii, p. 83.
This Munia is restricted to the Andamans, where nests with eggs were taken by Osmaston and Wickham. A aeries of eggs sent to me by the former were accompanied with the following notes :— “This little bird breeds all round Port Blair during May and June in considerable numbers both in the open and in thin scrub and small tree jungle. The nest is generally placed about six or seven feet up in small thorny trees or bushes and is of course, from its size and conspicuous position, very easy to find. It is a large, almost spherical ball made of fine grasses and lined with fine flowering grass-ends and there is no attempt at neatness or finishing off, the outside being a mass of tangled ends and the entrance obstructed with the flowering ends projecting all round the hole, which is itself badly rounded off and loosely formed.
“The birds lay from five to seven eggs and all my nests have have been taken in the latter half of May to the end of June.”
It is possible, however, that the breeding season is a good deal longer than this, as Davison saw young which had recently left the nest in December. Davison also refers to a feature in the nest not mentioned by Osmaston and, perhaps, not always in evidence. He saya “the entrance is placed at one side and drawn out into a short neck—in fact very similar to those of S. amandava.”
Forty eggs average 15.2 x 10.8 mm. : maxima 16.2 x 10.4 and 14.9 x 12.0 mm. ; minima 14.2 x 10.4 and 14.0 x 9.9 mm.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 3. 1934.
Title in Book: 
1022. Uroloncha striata fumigata
Spp Author: 
Walden.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1022
Year: 
1934
Page No: 
19
Common name: 
Andaman White Backed Munia
M_ID: 
30117
M_SN: 
Lonchura striata fumigata
Volume: 
Vol. 3
Term name: 
id: 
14118

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