Amadina striata, Lin.
701. :- Munia striata, Lin. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 356 ; Butler, Deccan ; Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 416.
THE WHITE-BACKED MUNIA.
Length, 4.5 ; wing, 2.1; tail, 1.6.
Bill bluish ; irides brown ; legs dark slaty.
Plumage above rich dark brown, deepest on the head, and the feathers white-shafted ; rump white ; tail almost black ; beneath from chin to breast uniform deep blackish-brown ; belly, flanks, and vent white ; under tail-coverts and thigh-coverts brown.
The middle tail-feathers exceed the outermost by nearly half an inch.
The White-backed Munia is a common permanent resident all along the Sahyadri Range, and in the adjoining forest, but seems to be confined to the Ghats region.