23,700 (2001 census). No monolinguals.
Odisha, south Keonjhar, north Angul, east Dhenkanal districts.
None known. Not closely related to other languages. Lexical similarity: 20%–22% with Kharia [khr].
Positive attitudes. Some also use Odia [ory], especially men and educated.
Oriya script [Orya].
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion.