723. Ploceus manyar.
The Striated Weaver-bird.
Fringilla manyar, Horsf. Trans. Linn. Soc. xiii, p. 160 (1820). Ploceus manyar (Horsf.), Blyth, Cat. p. 115 ; Horsf. & M. Cat. ii, p. 514 ; Jerd. B. I. ii, p. 348; Hume, N. & E. p. 440 ; Anders. Yunnan Exped., Aves, p. 598; Legge, Birds Ceyt. p. 646; Hume, Cat. no. 695; Oates, B. B. i, p. 360; Barnes, Birds Bom. p. 260; Sharpe, Cat. B. M. xiii, p. 496; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. ii, p. 121.
Bamani baya, Hind, in the Deccan; Telia baya, Beng.; Bawoyi in Rungpore.
Coloration. Male. After the autumn moult the forehead and crown are yellow; throat, cheeks, ear-coverts and sides of neck black or brownish black; lower plumage fulvous, each feather striated with black down the centre, except on the abdomen and under tail-coverts; upper plumage dark brown edged with pale fulvous; wings and tail brown edged with yellowish ; the throat is sometimes coloured a pale brown, and the intensity of the fulvous on the lower parts varies much.
After the partial spring moult the forehead, crown, and nape become deep yellow ; the supercilium and the spot behind the ear-coverts disappear, and the whole of the sides of the head and neck together with the cheeks, chin, and throat become blackish brown
Female. Resembles the male in winter plumage.
The male in summer has the bill bluish black, paler at gape; the female in summer and both sexes in winter have the bill yellowish horn-colour; the iris is at all times brown, legs flesh-colour, and claws pinkish horn.
Length nearly 6; tail 1.8; wing 2.7; tarsus .8; bill from gape .7.
Distribution. The whole Empire from the foot of the Himalayas southward to Ceylon on the one hand, and to about the latitude of Moulmein in Tenasserim on the other. This species also occurs in Java.
Habits, &c. Breeds throughout the rains, attaching its nest, which resembles that of P. baya, but has a shorter funnel, to the extremities of several leaves of elephant-grass. The eggs measure about .8 by .58.