French: Tisserin manyar German: Manyarweber Spanish: Tejedor estriado
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. flaviceps
(Lesson, 1831) – Pakistan (Indus Valley), India (Punjab, Gujarat, and scattered records E to West Bengal) and SE Nepal, S to Sri Lanka (dry zone).
P. m. peguensis
E. C. S. Baker, 1925 – NE India (West Bengal, Assam), Bangladesh, SE Bhutan#R, Myanmar (except Tenasserim), S China (W Yunnan) and N Laos.
P. m. williamsoni
B. P. Hall, 1957 – NW, C & SE Thailand, Cambodia, S Laos#R and S Vietnam.
P. m. manyar
(Horsfield, 1821) – Java, Bawean (off N Java) and Bali.
15 cm; 16–22 g. Male nominate race breeding has forehead and crown golden-yellow, sharply demarcated from blackish-brown lores, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat;... read more
Song a soft, continuous trill of high-pitched whistles, ending in wheezy note. Different song,... read more
Wetlands, reedbeds and rice paddies, often with bulrushes (Typha); associated especially... read more
Food and feeding
Diet primarily seeds, including those of the grasses Echinochloa colonum (preferred by captives in feeding trials) and ... read more
Breeds Jun–Sept in Pakistan and India (in S India, nesting dependent on rainfall and suitable growth of bulrushes), Feb–Apr and... read more
Leaves nesting areas after breeding; extent of movements not known.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common to locally abundant. Huge flocks reported around L Inle, in EC Myanmar. In some regions causes significant damage to rice crops; one of the... read more
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