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Scaly-Breasted Munia

Scaly-Breasted Munia
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Copyright: Ang Hwee Yong (Meerkat) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 0 N: 896] (5258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-16 2:09
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Points: 2
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Scaly-breasted Munia
(Lonchura punctulata) 斑文鸟
Size: 11 cm

Small with big heads; large conical bills; brown scaled feathers on white breast and flanks; upper-parts plain brown; rump often has greyish tinge; face and throat dusky brown. Genders look alike. Juvenile has a brown upper-parts and buffy under-parts.

A wide variety of calls for keeping in contact or to express alarm. Described as a disyllabic tut-few; tit-ti, sieuw; or faint kee-dee.

They can be found in urban areas as well as cultivated lands, grasslands, scrub, secondary growth. A large flock foraging in grass would move in a regular pattern. First a few birds would move forwards, followed by another few, and so on in waves. Or the birds at the back would leap frog over the birds in front. Once a grass patch is thoroughly worked through, the whole flock would fly off to another patch. Smaller flocks feed haphazardly. At the end of the day, they may gather in flocks at the topmost branches of a bare or open tree, calling to each other. They then disperse to roost in smaller groups or pairs within nests, even outside the breeding season. Sometimes, up to a dozen birds may squeeze into a nest. These roosting nests are spread far apart. They may also roost with other munias or even with weaverbirds.

Common resident breeder throughout the island and North and South offshore islands.

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Hi Ang - I like the capture of the birds. the composition and sharpness is great. TFS

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