I do not mow my lawn. I simply remove the taller grasses and other weeds, leaving behind Siglap Grass (Zoysia matrella) which is a creeping grass with short, pointy flowering/fruiting stalks. The fruiting stalks attract munias during the cool of the evening. They also appear just after the evening rain. These are skittish birds and they need to get used to you or else they fly off whenever you appear. They are now more or less used to my presence.
I got a visit by six Scaly-breasted Munias (Lonchura punctulata) regularly now-a-days – four adults and two juveniles. Previously there were no juveniles. These are brownish birds. The adults, as the name implies, have scaly breast, not so the juveniles.
They turned their head sideways, manoeuvre the fruiting stalk between the mandibles to detach the seeds. Or they simply pick at the seeds. At the same time they managed to get rid of the husk before swallowing the seeds.
18th April 2018