Ploceus bengalensis, Lin.
696. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 349 ; Butler, Guzerat; jStray Feathers, Vol. V, p. 210; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 181; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India ; Ibis, 1885, p. 128.
THE BLACK-THROATED WEAVER BIRD.
Length, 5-5 ; expanse, 9"25 ; wing, 375 ; tail, 175.
Bill pearly-white ; irides light brown; legs dusky carneous.
The male, in breeding plumage, has the crown brilliant golden-yellow, with, in some instances, a slight inclination to flame color; back dusky brown ; rump dingy grey-brown ; wings and tail dark brown, the former with very slight pale margins to some of the feathers; the throat white; the cheeks, ear-coverts, and sides of the neck, white, more or less suffused with dusky on the ear-coverts and throat; a broad, brownish-black pectoral band; the rest of the lower plumage sullied or fulvous-white, brownish on the flanks.
In some the pectoral band is broad and entire, in others narrower, and divided along the middle.
The female has the head streakless dusky-brown, the feathers of the back edged with pale rufous-brown; a pale-yellow supercilium, and a spot of the same color behind the ear ; also a narrow moustachial stripe; throat white, yellowish in some, and usually separated from the yellow moustache by a narrow black line ; pectoral band less developed.
Males after the autumn moult resemble the females, but the breast and flanks are more rufescent; the pectoral band is frequently wanting, or rather concealed, by pale-fulvous deciduary edgings.
With the exception of the Deccan, the Black-throated Weaver Bird occurs throughout the province, but is very locally distributed.