Lonchura nevermanni, Grey-crowned Munia, Bondol Topi-putih

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Lonchura nevermanni, Grey-crowned Munia, Bondol Topi-putih

CommoLonchura nevermanni, Grey-crowned Munia, Bondol Topi-putihn Names
White Crown Mannikin or Munia. Not Gray Headed as this is the name for Lonchura caniceps.

Description
Males and females are nearly identical in appearance. Like most members of the Lonchura family there are subtle clues to help determine sex. Males will of course sing and do a courtship dance. This song is actually quite melodious and the males will sing quite often making them easy to spot. Other Gray Crowns will peer next to a singing male as though hanging on every note he sings. Peering is not necessarily a sign of a hen however. The physical signs to look for in a male are better seen in a group rather than just two individuals. The males will usually have a greater amount of gray on the head than the female. Generally speaking that is. Some young males will have as little gray on the head as some hens. Juveniles that are molting with a great amount of gray on their heads are usually correctly identified as males.

Diet
Like most mannikins or munias, Gray Crown 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. Grit and calcium in the form of crushed egg shell and oyster shell as well as cuttlebone should always be available to them.

http://www.efinch.com/species/graycrown.htm

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