Since our earlier postings on munias and the grass seeds they take, we have been provided with more images that are being highlighted here:
Richard Lim photographed a Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) at a resort in Bintan, Indonesia eating the seeds of the Pennisetum sp. grass (above left).
We are also showing Yang Weixing’s image of the White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja) feasting on the seeds of the crab grass, Digitaria sp. (above right).
Howard Banwell’s images come from Kuala Selangor, Malaysia. The adult (above left) and a juvenile (above right) Scaly-breasted Munia were photographed eating the seeds of the lesser brachiaria grass (Urochloa subquadripara, formerly Brachiaria distachya).
The Scaly-breasted Munia by Daisy O’Neill (above left) shows it eating the seeds of possibly the tiger grass (Thysanolaena latifolia) in Malaysia. The White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata) by Johnny Wee shows the bird eating padi (Oryza sativa).
These birds eat mainly seeds – of grasses and other weeds, including seeds of casuarinas. They also eat the green alga, Spirogyra.
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