(1023) Uroloncha striata semistriata.
The Nicobar White-backed Munia.
Munia semistriata Hume, Str. Feath., ii, p. 257 (1874) (Nicobars). Uroloncha semistriata, Blanf, & Oates, ii, p. 186.
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description. Similar to U. s. striata but with the upper striations faint and the breast-feathers edged with pale fulvous as in the acuticauda group. In good specimens the upper tail-coverts are also edged with rufous.
Colours of soft parts as in U. s. striata.
Measurements. Wing 48 to 51 mm.; tail 38 to 40 mm.; tarsus 13 to 14 mm.; culmen about 10 to 11 mm.
Distribution. Nicobars only.
This race is very close to U. s. subsquamicollis but differs from that form in having practically no striae above and in having the abdomen white or fulvous-white unmarked with black shaft-lines.
Nidification and Habits. Nothing recorded.