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Bronze Mannikin

From Opus

Alternative name: Bronze Munia

Photo by rudydbnDurban, South Africa, July 2004
Photo by rudydbn
Durban, South Africa, July 2004
Spermestes cucullata

Lonchura cucullata


[edit] Identification

Total length 9 cm (3½ in)

[edit] Similar Species

Separated from the larger Magpie Mannikin by its shorter bill and barred rump.

[edit] Distribution

Widespread in Africa south of the Sahara.

Absent from a large part of south-western Africa (Namibia, west and central South Africa and most of Botswana). Generally common to abundant.

This species has also been used in the trade of captive birds, and releases/escapes have resulted in naturalized populations in other parts of the world (e.g., Puerto Rico ).

JuvenilePhoto by scottishdudeThe Gambia, March 2010
Photo by scottishdude
The Gambia, March 2010

[edit] Taxonomy

Sometimes placed in the genus Lonchura.

[edit] Subspecies

Two subspecies are recognized:1:

  • S. c. cucullatus
  • S. c. scutatus

[edit] Habitat

Grassy areas near woodland, forest edge and gardens.

Photo by rudydbnIllovo Glen, Durban, South Africa, August 2005
Photo by rudydbn
Illovo Glen, Durban, South Africa, August 2005

[edit] Behaviour


[edit] Diet

Feeds mainly on seeds (especially from grasses). Will visit garden feeders.

[edit] Breeding

Grass is used in the making of the nest, which is placed in a tree.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from
  2. BF Member observations

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