Male: rufous-chestnut crown, throat, breast; olive-yellow back, streaked blackish; unmarked yellow rump; whitish wing-bars; yellow neck-sides, underbody below breast. Female: pale-brown above, streaked; yellowish rump. Highly gregarious winter visitor; huge numbers, frequently along with Black-headed; cause considerable damage to crops.
Open cultivated areas.
Common winter visitor over most of country south of the Himalaya; absent in extreme south and along eastern coastal regions.
High-pitched tzeett… call.