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Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

A Chestnut-breasted Mannikin perched on a thick vertical grasstem

Scientific Name: Lonchura castaneothorax

Size: 10 to 12 cm

What does it look and sound like?

The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin is a beautiful, thick-set finch with a powerful bill. The upperparts are rich chestnut, with a grey crown. The underparts are generally white, with a broad chestnut breast-band, bordered below with black, and conspicuous black face and throat. The call, ‘teet’ or ‘tit’, which may be either bell-like or long and drawn out, is used in a variety of situations. The song, however, is long and high-pitched, often lasting up to 12 seconds.

Where is it found?

Ranges from the Kimberleys, Western Australia, to Sydney, New South Wales.

What are its habitats & habits?

The Chestnut-breasted Mannikin is common in rank grasses and reeds, where it is highly social, often forming vast flocks of several hundred birds.

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