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Scaly breasted munia

Lonchura punctulata


Size 10.5 - 12 cm .In breeding plumage upper parts chocolate brown,lower white speckled with black.In non breeding and immature plumage,more or less plain brown.Sexes alike.Flock up to 200 birds.They can be seen clinging tenaciously to reeds and larger grasses,yet may fly up into trees or into bushes if disturbed.The diet comprises grass seeds and similar products,but may also include small insects.


Stream near paddyfield.


The bird is feeding on algae. Munia's feeds on algae,rich in protein before breeding season.

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SaswatMishra 6 years ago

Please add every great spotting made in INDIA in this mission. Thank you

SaswatMishra 6 years ago

Fantastic shot !

Please consider adding this spotting to following mission -

Thanks in advance !

Guru MG
Guru MG 6 years ago

Thanks Ava T-B .Added to the mission.....

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

This spotting could go in the Hunters and Animal Feeding Behavior mission at

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 6 years ago

Somehow these birds have been introduced into Southern California. I saw some at a friend's bird feeder just a few weeks ago.

Guru MG
Spotted by
Guru MG

Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Dec 30, 2015
Submitted on Feb 7, 2016

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