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Indian Silverbill

Indian Silverbill
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Copyright: Subhayan Mandal (shabsslg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 107 W: 0 N: 127] (913)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H2, Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tesser 12X Optical Zoom
Exposure: f/3.7, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-20 4:57
Viewed: 3365
Points: 1
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot last month. Forgot about it. Took some time to resolve it's name.

The Indian Silverbill Lonchura malabarica also known as White-throated Munia is a small passerine bird formerly considered conspecific with the closely related African Silverbill, Lonchura cantans. This estrildid finch is a common resident breeding bird in most of Middle East and South Asia:Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Israel, Jordan (introduced), Kuwait (introduced), Oman, Puerto Rico (introduced), Qatar (introduced), Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates, USA (introduced) and Virgin Islands (possibly extinct).


at Hodal in Faridabad District of Haryana, India.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 410 white eggs are laid.

The Indian Silverbill is 1111.5 cm 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. The sexes are similar, but immatures have buff underparts and a shorter tail.

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nice composition, but out of focus, TFS Ori

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