African Silverbills or White-throated Munias

Indian Silverbill

The Indian Silverbill or White-throated Munia (Lonchura malabarica) is a small passerine bird formerly considered conspecific (of, or belonging to, the same species) with the closely related African Silverbill, Lonchura cantans.


Range / Breeding:

This estrildid finch is a common resident breeding bird in most of South Asia.

The Indian Silverbill is a tiny gregarious bird which feeds mainly on seeds. It frequents dry open country and cultivation, especially near water.

The nest is a large domed grass structure in a tree, into which 4-10 white eggs are laid.


Description:

The Indian Silverbill is 11-11.5 cm (4.3-4.5 in) in length with a long black tail. The adult has a stubby silver-grey bill, buff-brown upperparts, white underparts and rump and dark wings. Males and females look alike, but immatures have buff underparts and a shorter tail.


Copyright: Wikipedia. This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia.org ... Additional information and photos added by Avianweb.



Please Note: The articles or images on this page are the sole property of the authors or photographers. Please contact them directly with respect to any copyright or licensing questions. Thank you.

BeautyOfBirds strives to maintain accurate and up-to-date information; however, mistakes do happen. If you would like to correct or update any of the information, please send us an e-mail. THANK YOU!

Comments