Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Munia (Lonchura fuscans)


Taxonomy

French: Capucin sombre German: Borneobronzemännchen Spanish: Capuchino sombrío
Taxonomy:

Spermestes fuscans

Cassin

, 1852,

Borneo

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

Natuna Is, Borneo (including Banggi I, off N coast), and Cagayan Sulu I (in extreme SW Philippines).

Descriptive notes

11 cm; 9·5 g. Plumage is mostly dusky brown, feathers of crown faintly streaked pale brown, feathers of underparts with black edges (giving dark-scalloped appearance); iris... read more

Voice

Calls a shrill "pee pee" and a thin "chirrup", and in flight a low "teck... read more

Habitat

Rice fields and grassland, along riverbanks at forest edges, secondary scrub and cultivated areas;... read more

Food and feeding

Rice, other grass seeds, seeds of sedges (Cyperaceae); also insects. Creeps low in vegetation, and feeds also on ground. Takes seeds from... read more

Breeding

Records in nearly all months, varying with local rice crop, mainly Oct–Feb. No information on courtship displays. Nest built from... read more

Movements

Resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known. Appears to be common in Borneo; status on Cagayan Sula uncertain, probably common. So far as can be ascertained, trapping for... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2018). Dusky Munia (Lonchura fuscans). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61191 on 19 December 2018).