Friday, 15 April 2011

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

The Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica) is a small bird belonging to the finch family.

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

Its most distinctive character is its conical silver-grey bill. Bill has a dark, curved, upper mandible while the lower mandible is lighter often reflecting.

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

The bird has buff-brown upperparts, white underparts, buffy flanks and dark wings.

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

The tail is black and the wings are dark contrasting with a white rump. The sexes are similar, but immatures have buff underparts and a shorter tail.

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

The Silverbill feeds mainly on seeds, but also takes insects and has been known to visit nectar bearing flowers.It frequents dry open scrub, fallow land and cultivation, sometimes near water.

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

These birds are gregarious and are found in flocks of as many as 60 birds. They feed on the ground or on low shrubs and grass stalks. They constantly utter a low cheeping or chirping contact call as they forage.

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

The breeding season is spread out and varies with region. They nest in winter in southern India and after summer in northern India. They nest, an untidy ball of grasses with an opening on the side, is placed in low shrubs.

Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Euodice malabarica)

These birds are known to sometimes build their nest below the platform nests of vultures or storks. Old nests are used as dormitories through the year for roosting. Females are known to lay their eggs in the nests of other pairs

Reference: Wikipedia , BirdForum Opus.


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