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Alternative name: Black-headed Munia
Sexes are similar.
Variation in plumage: several morphs are described, including one that looks similar to an imagined hybrid between Black-headed Munia and Chestnut Munia.
This species was until 1996 considered conspecific with Chestnut Munia. Agreement has not been reached on which of the two offspring species should inherit the name of Black-headed Munia, and which needed a different name.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Lowland rural areas with tall grass, cultivated lands, grasslands, scrub, secondary growth.
The diet includes seeds.
The nest is a ball made out of dried grass, placed close to the ground in long grass or low bushes.
Call: a loud heh; shrill preep.
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