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"Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)" | by Fatih Nasrulloh
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"Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)"

Also known as the nutmeg mannikin or spice finch, is a small bird with a very distinctive appearance. It has a bright cinnamon head and neck, with duller brown plumage on the back and wings. The underside of the scaly-breasted munia is mainly white, although each feather on the breast has a brown edge, creating the scale-like pattern for which this species is named. The pointed tail is a yellowish-brown.

 

Male and female scaly-breasted munias are similar in appearance, and the juvenile is cinnamon on the upperparts and paler on the underparts.

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Taken on October 2, 2011