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Alternative name: Bronze Munia
Total length 9 cm (3Â˝ in)
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Separated from the larger Magpie Mannikin by its shorter bill and barred rump.
Widespread in Africa south of the Sahara.
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 ).
Sometimes placed in the genus Lonchura.
Two subspecies are recognized:1:
Grassy areas near woodland, forest edge and gardens.
Feeds mainly on seeds (especially from grasses). Will visit garden feeders.
Grass is used in the making of the nest, which is placed in a tree.
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