28,600 (2001 census), decreasing. No monolinguals (2002 UNESCO). Ethnic population: 41,800 Dhagar (Jhagar).
Koshi Zone, Sunsari district; Sagarmatha Zone, Siraha district; Mechi Zone, Jhapa district; Narayani Zone, Parsa district. India border area, Parsa to Jhapa districts.
Some differences from Kurux [kru] in India and Bangladesh, but mutually intelligible.
SOV; postpositions; noun head final; 2 noun classes (human, non-human); content q-word initial; 1 prefix, up to 6 suffixes; clause constituents indicated by case-marking; verbal affixation marks person, number and genders of subject and object; ergativity; tense and aspect; passives and voice; nontonal; 29 consonant and 10 vowel phonemes
The alternate names are used for the people. Hindu.