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Scaly-breasted Munia

Scaly-breasted Munia
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma DG 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 APO HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-06 3:42
Viewed: 2578
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Scaly-breasted Munia or Spotted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) known in the pet trade as Nutmeg Mannikin or Spice Finch is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch native to tropical Asia extending from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. It has been introduced into many other parts of the world and has established in Puerto Rico and Hispaniola as well as parts of Australia and the United States of America. They are found in open habitats including gardens and agricultural fields where they forage in groups for grass seeds.
The Scaly-breasted Munia is 11–12 cm long. The adult has a stubby dark bill, brown upperparts and darker brown head. The underparts are white with black scale markings. The sexes are similar, although males have darker markings on the underside and a darker throat. Immature birds have pale brown upperparts, lack the darker head and with uniform buff underparts can be confused with immatures of other munias such as the Tricoloured Munia.[2]
Populations within their wide distribution range show variations in plumage colour and size and about 11 subspecies are recognized. These include the nominate form found in the plains of South Asia (Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). The name lineoventer was formerly used for the Indian population. Other populations include subundulata from the eastern Himalayas, yunnanensis of southern China, topela of Thailand, cabanisi of the Philippines and fretensis of Singapor and Sumatra. Island populations include nisoria (Java, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa), particeps (Sulawesi), baweana (Bawean Island), sumbae (Sumba) and blasii (Flores, Timor and Tanimbar).

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-06 4:08]

Hello Foozi,
Rather seldom to see a bird-picture from you. But a very pleasant one with a nice vertical framing and a good diagonal composition. Very cute bird which you present with a good note. I didn't know that there were so many sub-species. Fine colored-background, may be a little bit noisy, something you can easily improve.
Kind regards

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2011-12-06 4:27]

Salam Foozi,
An excellent capture of this Spotted Munia ..
Nice natural colours, good focus and excellent POV-DOF.
Best wishes,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-06 5:15]

Excellent composition for this lovely species, fine pose. tfs.

hello Foozi
very nice composition with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Foozi,
This is fabulously beautiful! The colours, composition and sharpness are superb. Very well done.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-06 7:30]

Hello Foozi,
Very nice photo of this Scaly-breasted Munia. Good sharpness and beautiful natural colours. A pity, the background is a bit noisy. Nice composition.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-06 8:13]

Hello Foozi,
splendid image of this beauty with fine details, very beautiful colours and light; great POV and excellent contrast with a nice background. Well done!

A superb photo, excellent detail and very nice background. Very good pose and eye contact.The light catches the bird perfectly.
A beautiful little bird and a fine photo.
regards yiannis

hello Foozi, wonderful composition and photo performance with a rare subject with a bird by you!
regards, Nasos

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-06 9:29]

Hi Foozi,magnificent composition and impressive sharpness and colors,i like the diagonal create by the green grass,beautiful little bird very rare guest on TN.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Foozi,
very good photo of this bird. Perfect point of view. Very good use of light. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Foozi, great diagonal composition with lovely bird in nice pose, beautiful lighting BG, wonderful natural colors, splendid sharpness and fne details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Foozi
What a great image you have here! Beautiful colours in the overall picture. The lighting is perfect, the composition and point of view is great. A well meant compliment for this photo! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-06 11:48]

Hello Foozi.
Great shot of this cute Spotted Munia, very nice composition and a lovely pose of the bird. I also like good feather detail and superb natural colours.Best regards Siggi

Hello Foozi,
A beautiful cappture taken from excellent POV with great sharpness and fine details. I also like the colours, clear BG and diagonal composition. Well done!

Beautiful bird and beautiful photo Foozi!! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

Bonjour Foozi,
Agréable valorisation du sujet, dans une belle lumière, sous un très bon angle de prise de vue et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Foozi,
Excellent shot and well composed.
Very good sharpness, detail, DOF, color, and exposure as well.

Hallo Foozi,
a superb capture of this very beautiful bird in a nice pose, very good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, excellent point of view and composition
Best regards

Foozi, what an excellent photo of this bird. It shows great sharpness and detail. Great POV too. Thanks for commenting on my owl shot. Have a great day, Bill

Hi Foozi,
nice portrait of this little munia. I have them in Australia.

Hello Foozi,
the almost luminous colours of the beak and eye make this stand out even more!
Lovely classical pose of a pretty little bird.

Hi Foozi, Fantastic capture of this fine species of Bird my good friend, splendid lighting and beautiful natural colour tones, good sharpness and detail, excellent work here Foozi and very well done,
Best Regards,


Sawasdee Ka Foozi,
A nice captured of this lovely bird, great highlighted eye, good sharpness details and excellent composition,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2011-12-08 7:17]

Ya Foozi,
Assalamu aliakum wa rah mathullahay wa bara katu hu,
How strange it is that it is the second day that me with another TL friend (mushtaqhussain) are on migatory bird hunt and here I found that you have shot well, quite elegant by composition exposure and focusing that this impressed me, TFS.


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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2011-12-19 1:09]


Sekarang ni birding pulak ye.
Lama dah tak masuk ke laman trek ni...
Very good image of this little fella.
Sure that Sigma good for bird photography.

Hello Foozi

Excellent photo of this bird with the beautiful
patterns of his plumage, fine POV and appropriate framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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