Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Alpine Mannikin (Lonchura monticola)


French: Capucin des montagnes German: Bergnonne Spanish: Capuchino alpino
Other common names: Eastern Alpine Mannikin, Alpine Munia

Munia monticola

De Vis

, 1897,

Mount Scratchley, Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea


Name myolae is a junior synonym. Has sometimes been considered conspecific with L. montana. Monotypic.


Wharton and Owen Stanley Ranges (E to Myola grasslands), in SE New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm. Forehead and face to throat are black, crown brownish-black, becoming greyish-brown on nape and sides of neck to back, upper rump chestnut, lower rump and uppertail-... read more


Calls a thin "see see see" given in flight, and a rattling buzz.


Alpine grasslands and rocky scree on high mountain peaks, cultivated fields, at 2700–3500 m;... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses, bamboo and herbs. Clings to grass stems and picks seeds from heads; also hops on ground to take fallen seeds. Forages in... read more


Breeding records in Apr–May wet season, also in Aug. Nest woven from rushes and grasses, placed 3 m above ground in small tree. No... read more


No information; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Central Papuan Mountains EBA. Locally common. No known threats, and not known to be trapped for trade.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Alpine Mannikin (Lonchura monticola). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 23 January 2020).