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Male average18Â·5 cm (7Â¼ In); female average 17Â·1 cm (7Â¾ in)
This species has previously been thought to belong to the genus Agelaius.
Two subspecies are recognized:
Lowland marshes, reed beds and rice fields.
Their diet consists mostly of seeds (particularly rise seed), insects and spiders.
The nest is built in a paddy field. The clutch consists of 2-3 eggs which are incubated for 13 days. The young fledge about 14 days later.
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