728. Uroloncha striata

728. Uroloncha striata.

The White-backed Munia.

Loxia striata, Linn. Syst. Nat. i, p. 306 (1760). Munia striata (Linn.), Blyth, Cat. p. 117; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 511; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 356; .Hume, N. & E. p. 448; Legge, Birds Ceyl. p. 660. Amadina striata (Linn.), Hume, Cat. no. 701 ; Oates, B. B. i, p. 365; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 263. TJroloncha striata (Linn.), Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 359; Oates in Hume's N. Sr E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 133.

Shakari munia, Beng.; We-kurulla, Ceyl.; Tinna kuruvi, Tam.

Coloration. Forehead and crown blackish, with the shafts indistinctly white; upper plumage chocolate-brown, becoming blacker on the upper tail-coverts, all the feathers with a white shaft; a broad white band across the rump; tail black; wing-coverts black with whitish shafts ; quills black; lores, round the eye, cheeks, chin, throat, and breast deep black(; ear-coverts and sides of the neck chocolate-brown with pale shaft-streaks; abdomen and sides of the body white ; vent, thighs, and under tail-coverts dark brown or blackish; under wing-coverts and axillaries white.

Young birds resemble the adult, but have the chin, throat, and breast brown with paler margins and shafts.

Upper mandible blackish, the lower bluish; iris reddish brown ; legs greenish horny.

Length about 4.5; tail 1.8; wing 2; tarsus .5; bill from gape .4.

This bird is subject to slight variations in plumage according to age and locality.

Distribution, Ceylon and the southern half of India up to a line drawn roughly from Bombay to Sambalpur and Manbhoom in S. W. Bengal. Blyth recorded this species from Arakan, but probably by an oversight.

Habits, &c. Breeds from April to December and probably in the remaining months of the year. The eggs measure about .61 by .44.

The Fauna Of British India including Ceylon and Burma
OATES EW. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Vol.2 1890.
Title in Book: 
728. Uroloncha striata
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates, Edited by William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
White Backed Munia
White-rumped Munia
Lonchura striata
Vol. 2
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