“Wells (2007) notes no upland colonisation of Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura fretensis) until 2002 when ‘possible ex-captives’ were noted.
“They now are not uncommon at this hill station – seen at 1,700m ASL, Cameron Highlands, Pahang, Malaysia (above).
“Handbook of the birds of the world, Lynx Editions, Barcelona (2019) notes that they are found in foothills of other countries (‘up to 2300 m in Lesser Sundas (Timor), to 2500 m in cultivated areas of Himalayas in India, and to 3000 m on Myanmar-China border’).
“Love the claw grip (above).”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
12th November 2019
Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.
Habitat: Primary montane forest