Sexes alike. Black head, throat, breast, belly centre and thighs; rufouschestnut back, deeper chestnut on rump; white upper belly and sides of underbody. The Chestnut Munia L. m. atricapilla of N and NE India has white of lower parts replaced by chestnut. Gregarious, except when breeding, as in other munias; prefers reed beds and cultivation, especially where flooded; during breeding season (rains), often seen along with Streaked Weaver; feeds on ground.
reed beds, paddy, grass and scrub.
grass seeds, paddy; occasionally insects.
foothills and terai from SE Punjab eastwards; most of NE, N Orissa; peninsular India south of line from Mumbai to S Madhya Pradesh.
faint pee…pee… calls.