Scaly-Breasted Munia

Using Canon 7D 800mm Lens ISO400 1/800 f5.6 +2/3

The Scaly-breasted Munia or Spotted Munia (Lonchura punctulata) is 11–12 cm long. The adult has a stubby dark bill, brown upperparts and darker brown head. The underparts are white with black scale markings. The sexes are similar, although males have darker markings on the underside and a darker throat. Immature birds have pale brown upperparts, lack the darker head and with uniform buff underparts can be confused with immatures of other munias such as the Tricoloured Munia.

(Sources from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Immature bird where the scaly breast is not developed yet.



Red Avadavat

Using Canon 7D, 800mm Lens, ISO500, 1/200, f7.1

The Red Munia, Red Avadavat or Strawberry Finch (Amandava amandava) is a sparrow-sized bird of the Munia family.

Red Avadavat (Male and female)

I have photographed the female of this Red Avadavat before at the edge of the paddy field near the highway, but didn’t managed to capture the male which has a more colorful plumage.  Recently,  birding friends have been posting the male’s pictures on facebook that makes me go searching for it at the paddy field, but only able to see other spices of munias, like the Chestnut Munia, Dusky Munia flying around the paddy fields.

After having taken the photograph of migratory bird, i.e. Long-Tailed Shrike, we found a patch of abundant flat vegetable farm, overgrown with tall grasses and near to a river which looks like a very good place for munia’s habitat.  We seen other munias in the field but didn’t see the Red Avadavat.  Birding friends told us that this finch is usually seen in small flocks, flying with rapid wingbeats and descending into grass clumps where they are hard to observe.  They feed mainly on grass seeds but will also take insects such as termites when they are available.These birds produce a distinctive low single note pseep call that is often given in flight.

Having obtained the information, yesterday afternoon, we decided to give it a try again to hunt them down.  After getting off the car adjacent to the abundant vegetable farm, we came across munias which looks like red in color…we are so excited and approached the field slowly,  we know this bird is very afraid of the present of human being.  Finally, we spotted one R A perching at the top of the grass, approach with cautious, we seen more R A appearing from below the grass,  there we start clicking and clicking…  

Following are some more pictures.  The quality is not so satisfactory. Will try to take some more photos at closer range.