Scaly-breasted Munia (Palau)

Lonchura punctulata cabanisi

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Estrildid Finches (Estrildidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

LONPUN

ITIS

Egg Color:

White



Number of Eggs:

4 - 6



Incubation Days:

10 - 16



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

Nest is built in a short, bushy tree.



Nest Material:

Dry grass and leaves.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Scaly-breasted Munia: Small finch, brown head, throat, back, and wings. Rest of underparts white with brown scaling on the breast and flanks. Narrow, blue-gray eyering, Thick, deep, black bill. Short, broad wings. Medium-length, rectangular tail. Short, blue-gray legs and feet. Feeds on seeds, berries, and some insects. Forages by perching on a grass stem and picking seeds off with its bill. Also picks seeds and insects off the ground.

Breeding and Nesting

Scaly-breasted Munia: Four to six white eggs are laid in a large, domed nest constructed with dry grass and leaves. The nest has a side entrance and is built in a short, bushy tree. Incubation is carried out by both sexes for ten to sixteen days.

Foraging and Feeding

Scaly-breasted Munia: Feeds on seeds, berries, and some insects. May also take algae during the breeding season. It forages by perching on a stem and picking off seeds and berries with its bill. It also picks up seeds and insects from the ground with its bill.

Vocalization

Scaly-breasted Munia: Contact call is "tit-ti, tit-ti." In flight, emits "puip." Also emits varying whistles, buzzing, and twitters.

Similar Species

Chestnut Munia has a black head, brown nape, chestnut flanks, and black belly. It is also the only Lonchura species expected in this range.

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

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