Ploceus manyar, Horsf.
695. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 348; Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. III, p. 495; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 415 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 181 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 128.
THE STRIATED WEAVER BIRD.
Length, 5.8 ; expanse, 9; wing, 2.75 ; tail, 1.75 ; tarsus, 0.75 ; bill at front, 0.9.
Bill black during the breeding season, at other times pale horny-fleshy; irides light brown; legs fleshy.
The male in full breeding dress has the crown of the head intense yellow ; lores, cheeks, ear-coverts, chin, throat, and neck, brownish-black; back, wings, and tail, brown ; the feathers of the back with a mesial dark streak, those of the primaries and tail edged with yellowish ; rump streaked like the back ; upper tail-coverts rufescent; beneath from the throat whitish, tinged with fulvous, and streaked on the breast and flanks with dusky-black.
The male in winter dress is clad like the female, and has the head brown, streaked like the back, a pale yellow supercilium, and a small yellow spot behind the ear-coverts; the chin and throat are whitish, and the streaks on the lower surface less developed.
The Striated Weaver-Bird occurs in suitable localities throughout the Presidency. It is a permanent resident, but only breeds in the vicinity of large tanks or rivers, whose banks are fringed with reeds or rushes, to the tops of which the nests are attached.
They are very similar to those of P. philippensis, but are square at the top instead of tapering to a point.
The normal number of eggs, according to my experience, is three, but four are often found; they are exact counterparts of those of philippensis, except that they are slightly smaller, averaging 0.79 inches in length by about 0.58 in breadth.