23,700 (2001 census). No monolinguals.
Odisha state: north Angul, east Dhenkanal, south Keonjhar districts.
Keonjhar-Pal. 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 (Odia) script [Orya].
A Scheduled Tribe. Traditional religion.