OTHER NAMES: Nutmeg Mannikin, Spice Finch, Spotted Munia
Local Name (Malay): Pipit Pinang ("Areca Nut Sparrow")
Featured Subspecies: Lonchura punctuata fretensis
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
A distinctively patterned bird which gives it it's name, the Scaly-breasted Munia is a very widely distributed species with a range that covers all of South-East Asia and India, a substantial portion of China with some extra introduced populated in Australia, the US and certain islands around the world. They have the powerful seed-eating beaks, similar to greenfinches in the UK. Due to their ease of breeding in captivity, they are popular as cage-birds but have also been subject to extensive study.
SUBSPECIES: L. p. punctulata, L. p. subundulata, L. p. yunnanensis, L. p. topela, L. p. cabanisi, L. p. fretensis, L. p. nisoria, L. p. sumbae, L. p. blasii, L. p. particeps, L. p. baweana, L. p. holmesi
- Sighting Locations -
MALAYSIA - A reasonably common resident of less built up areas.
- MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Two adults seen in MalaccaSINGAPORE - A reasonably common resident of less built up areas.
- MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2016 TRIP: Two birds seen near Lower Pierce Reservoir