Lonchura grandis, Great-billed Munia, Bondol Paruh-besar

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Lonchura grandis, Great-billed Munia, Bondol Paruh-besar

Common NamesLonchura grandis, Great-billed Munia, Bondol Paruh-besar
Great Mannikin or Munia, Great-Billed Mannikin or Munia.

Description
The Grand Mannikin can be sexed by the size of the beak, but usually only in a group and then you are picking the extremes. The males will have the largest beak and the hens a more slender beak. However, you’ll get a bunch towards the center that just look too similar to sex by this method. I will often band birds in a group with large plastic bands of different colors (see above). When I notice a male singing, I note the color of the band. I then watch carefully to see if those that are not singing are bonding to ones that are singing and try to isolate them as a pair. To be certain of the hen, I will often DNA sex the bird with a blood sample. This way I can save some time by not setting up two males, a dominant one that sings and one that does not.

When a male is singing, do not confuse a bird that seems to get right up in his face as his mate. This is quite often another male that is performing this peering behavior.

Diet
Like most mannikins or munias, Grand Mannikins prefer the large white prosso millet. I usually fed them this single seed. This seed is also the only millet found in a standard parakeet mix which can also be fed. They will also eagerly eat my eggfood (Roy’s eggfood), some greens and soaked seeds, especially Paddy Rice which is offered dry and soaked or sprouted. They will eat this paddy rice even over the millet at times, so I try not to offer them too much. Grit and calcium in the form of crushed egg shell and oyster shell as well as cuttlebone should always be available to them.

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