Friday, 1 July 2011

Scaly-breasted Munia

Scaly-breasted Munia

The Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) is also variously known as the Spotted Munia, Nutmeg Mannikin or Spice Finch

Scaly-breasted Munia

These birds are easily recognised by their distinctive plumage and stubby bill. The upper parts including the head are a chocolate brown colour. The under parts are white with dark scaly markings.

Scaly-breasted Munia

The heavy conical bill is a bluish black colour, legs are blackish. Tail is pointed. The sexes are alike although the male has darker markings.

Scaly-breasted Munia

The bird occurs mostly in open countryside where it may be found in large flocks or in pairs. They are gregarious birds, seen feeding on seeds off the ground or small herbs and grass.

Scaly-breasted MuniaScaly-breasted Munia

When a feeding flock is disturbed the whole flock is seen to fly like a swarm of bees. The song is a series of high notes followed by a croaky rattle and ending in slurred whistle:

Scaly-breasted Munia

The breeding season is usually during the rainy season of July – August . The nest is a clumsy structure – a large dome made loosely of grass with a hole on one side and lined with fine grass and roots, wedged into the forks of trees or bushes or even in wedges or creepers. The clutch consists of 4-10 eggs.

Scaly-breasted Munia

  Sighting Information:
Location: Bannerghatta
Date: 19th Jun 2011
Time: Morning; 8:06 AM
Weather: Overcast morning
Other Details: A pair of Munias sitting upon a wire descended onto the herbs on the ground, possibly collecting nesting material or looking for seeds to feed on.

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