Small, finchlike bird of weedy and grassy areas in tropical lowlands. Often in small flocks, which associate readily with seedeaters and grassquits. Adult is handsome and striking, with rusty brown head and breast, and white underparts with bold black scaly markings. Juvenile notably plain, buffy brown overall with stout, dark gray bill. Note the pointed tail, unlike seedeaters and grassquits. Native to Asia and spreading in New World as an escaped cagebird. Formerly known as Nutmeg Mannikin.