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Bird Chestnut-breasted Mannikin (Lonchura castaneothorax)


Henry Arthur Readford
May 23, 2011
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Scientific Name: Lonchura castaneothorax

Common Name: Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

Order: Passeriformes

Family: Estrildidae

Other Names: NA

Distribution: found across northern and eastern coastal Australia, from the Kimberley region, Northern Territory, to the Shoalhaven River, New South Wales. It is also found in New Guinea.

Habitat: found in reed beds, long grasses, swamps and mangroves.

Field Notes: thick-set brown finch with a grey crown, black face and a heavy grey bill. It has a chestnut brown breast divided from white underparts by a black bar. The rump and tail are golden orange, with a black undertail. Females are paler than males and young birds are uniformly olive-brown above, pale below with a brown-buff chest and no black face or chest bar. Like other finches, this species is a very social bird and is most often seen in flocks. Size 10 - 12cm

Photos by Auscraft 2011

First pic is male, the second show female and juvenile

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