Scaly-breasted Munia (Palau)

Lonchura punctulata cabanisi

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

LONPUN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Scaly-breasted Munia has a large breeding range of 7,190,000 square kilometers. This common species occurs in a variety of edge and second growth habitats in India and Nepal east to southern China and Taiwan, and south to Malaysia, Sumatra, and several other Indonesian islands. It also occurs in the Philippines and has occurred as an exotic species in Puerto Rico and other parts of the world including Palau. It appears to be extirpated from Palau at this time. Although the size of the global population is unknown, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

SUMMARY

Overview

Scaly-breasted Munia: Small finch, brown head, throat, back, and wings. Rest of underparts white with brown scaling on breast and flanks. Narrow, blue-gray eyering, Thick, deep, black bill. Sexes similar. Juvenile is plain brown with paler gray-brown on belly and vent.

 

Range and Habitat

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Scaly-breasted Munia (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Scaly-breasted Munia H1

Calls made as a small flock forages.

Scaly-breasted Munia E1

Descending "ti-ti-ti" call.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"tit-ti, tit-ti", "puip", "weee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Other common names for this bird include Spotted Munia, Nutmeg Mannikin, Spice Finch, Nutmeg Finch, Pipit Pinang, Spice Bird, Ricebird, and others.
  • The Scaly-breasted Munia was first described by Linnaeus in 1758. Its name references its distinctive scale-like markings on its bread and belly.
  • This species is highly gregarious, forming flocks of up to 100 birds.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Michael Oberhofer

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