Lonchura castaneothorax, Chestnut-breasted Munia,

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Lonchura castaneothorax, Chestnut-breasted Munia, Bondol Dada-coklat

Common Names
Chestnut finchLonchura castaneothorax, Chestnut-breasted Munia, Barley Bird (Australia)

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. (MP3 of the male’s song) Other Chestnut Breasted 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, as other males will peer as well, but singing and peering usually precedes any mating. The physical signs to look for in a male are better seen in a group rather than just two individuals. They include a broader, bolder head and beak, blacker face with less flecking and brighter chestnut color on the breast. It is also said that the tail is a brighter yellow on the males. I tend to rely on the singing of males and look for the brown flecking in the face of the birds that do not sing to find hens.

Like most mannikins or munias, Chestnut Breasted mannikins prefer the larger millets in a standard parakeet mix or just White Prosso seed. They will also eagerly eat my eggfood (Roy’s eggfood), greens and soaked seeds, especially Paddy Rice. They also really like Oat Groats, but watch their intake of this since it can result in fat birds. 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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