French: Capucin à ventre roux German: Bergbronzemännchen Spanish: Capuchino golinegro
Subspecies and Distribution
L. k. vernayi
(Whistler & Kinnear, 1933) – E India (S Odisha and NE Andhra Pradesh).
L. k. jerdoni
(A. O. Hume, 1874) – #RJerdon’s Munia – SW India (Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and W Tamil Nadu; recorded N to Pune district, Maharashtra#R).
L. k. kelaarti
(Jerdon, 1863) – Black-throated Munia – Sri Lanka.
12 cm; 9·5-17 g. Male nominate race has face to throat and centre of breast black, crown to lower back brown with whitish shaft streaks, rump black with small white cruciform... read more
Not well known. Contact call a short, high-pitched nasal "ééénh";... read more
Forest edge and grassy clearings, Lantana scrub, tea and coffee plantations, and gardens;... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds, flowers and seedheads of chickweed and groundsel, rice; probably also some insects. Takes small seeds from ground. Forages in... read more
Season prolonged, peak in monsoons during Mar–May and Aug–Nov. No information on courtship display. Nest built by both sexes, a... read more
Resident; some seasonal movements, descends from higher altitudes in winter.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally common. An old record from near Belgaum, in NW Karnataka (Western Ghats), is considered dubious; confirmation required. ... read more
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