- Dark brown upperparts
- Blackish head, breast and wings
- Long black tail
- Bill is short and thick
- Sexes similar
Asia: found in India and Sri Lanka.
There are 2 subspecies:
- L. k. kelaarti: pinkish underparts and rump South-western India (Kerala to western Tamil Nadu) and Eastern Ghats.
- L. k. jerdoni: barred black and white underparts and rump Highlands of Sri Lanka.
Open hill woodland and cultivation.
The diet includes seeds.
The nest is a large grass dome in a tree or creepers on a house wall; the Indian species lay 3-8 white eggs but more usually 5 are laid by Sri Lankan birds.
Male bird in Knuckles Mountain Range , Matale
Female bird in Knuckles Mountain Range , Matale