01 April 2011

Scaly Breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

Plumage is usually a combination of browns, black and white, with the sexes similar, but duller and less contrasted for immature birds.

They are small gregarious birds which feed mainly on seeds, usually in relatively open habitats, preferring to feed on the ground or on reeds and grasses. Several species have been noted to feed on algae such as Spirogyra
The nest is a large domed grass structure into which 4–10 white eggs are laid. Some species also build communal roosting nests for overnight rest.

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