Chestnut Munia

Lonchura atricapilla

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: This is a small, mostly uniform chestnut colored estrildid finch with a black head and upper breast. It has a large conical bill and blue-gray legs and feet. It feeds mainly on seeds, usually in relatively open habitats, preferring to feed on the ground. It has an undulating flight. The sexes are similar.


Range and Habitat

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Chestnut Munia SONGS AND CALLS

Chestnut Munia E1

Typical calls.

Chestnut Munia H1

High-pitched "peet" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Meeeuuuw, sir, sir, sir"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of mannikins has many collective nouns, including a "display" and "storefont" of mannikins.
  • It used to be the national bird of the Philippines until this honor was given to the Philippine Eagle.
  • It was once considered conspecific with the Tricolored Munia.
  • The Chestnut Munia is also known as the Black-headed Munia and Black-headed Nun.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Chris Vest

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