Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)


Grey-banded Mannikin (Lonchura vana)


French: Capucin des Arfak German: Arfaknonne Spanish: Capuchino de las Arfak
Other common names: Grey-banded Munia

Munia vana

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1930,

Kofo, 2000 m, Lake Anggi Gigi, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Previously thought, on biogeographical grounds, to form a species-pair with L. caniceps. Monotypic.


Arfak Mts, on Vogelkop Peninsula of NW New Guinea; known only from L Anggi Gigi area#R.

Descriptive notes

10 cm. Face from forehead and around eye to chin whitish, rest of head to nape and lower throat grey, nape tinged brown, mantle to back and upperwing dark brown, rump,... read more


Call a high, thin "ts ts ts...".


Wet grasslands and marshes and edge of cultivated land, at 1800–2100 m in Anggi Lakes area.... read more

Food and feeding

No information on diet. Small flocks seen on low-growing weeds in recently abandoned agricultural plots.


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Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in West Papuan Highlands EBA. Very poorly known. Presence confirmed at only a single location, the grasslands around L Anggi... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Grey-banded Mannikin (Lonchura vana). 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 17 February 2020).