Another sighting from Ulwe. The rapid urbanization of Ulwe explains the wire in the picture.
The Scaly Breasted Munia or Spotted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) is a sparrow-sized estrildid finch that is native to tropical Asia extending from India and SriLanka to Indonesia and the Philippines. It is a small gregarious bird which feeds mainly on seeds but also takes small berries of Lantana and other plants.
The breeding season is during the rainy season (mainly June to August in India) but breeding can at other times. The calls include a short whistle, variations on kitty-kitty-kitty and a sharp chipping alarm note.
This song is often described as a jingle consists of a series of high notes followed by a croaky rattle and ending in slurred whistle.
These birds are very striking when seen from a close range.
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