Chestnut Munia (Palau)

Lonchura atricapilla jagori

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

CHMU

Code 6

LONATR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Chestnut Munia is a small Estrildid finch that occurs in India, Sri Lanka, and much of southeastern Asia. It has also been successfully introduced to the southeastern Hawaiian Islands. This species forages for grass seeds in grasslands, marshes and weedy fields. It is believed to have a large, stable population and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern by the IUCN.

SUMMARY

Overview

Chestnut Munia (Palau): Small red-brown finch with black hood and breast, and blue-gray eyering. Some birds also show black on the belly and vent. Strong, conical blue-gray bill. Slightly pointed, longish red-brown tail. Sexes similar. Juvenile is gray-brown with black bill.

 

Range and Habitat

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Chestnut Munia (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Chestnut Munia E1

Typical calls.

Chestnut Munia H1

High-pitched "peet" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pee", "peet", "weeeee"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Prior to 1995, this bird was the national bird of the Philippines, after which that honor was transferred to the Philippine Eagle.
  • The Chestnut Munia is also known as the Black-headed Munia.
  • The subspecies found in Palau was first described in 1866 by C. E. Martens.
  • A group of finches has many collective nouns, including a "charm", "company", and "trembling" of finches.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

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

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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