Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Grey-crowned Mannikin (Lonchura nevermanni)


French: Capucin de Nevermann German: Weißscheitelnonne Spanish: Capuchino coronigrís
Other common names: Grey-crowned Munia

Lonchura nevermanni


, 1934,

Merauke, New Guinea




Trans-Fly region (S of L Daviumbu to Fly R and E to Balimo), in SC New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

11·5 cm; 9–13·4 g. Male has forehead, crown and most of face greyish-white to buffy-white, rest of head to nape and side of neck with scaly pattern of... read more


Within a social group, soft contact call a single-note "tseet" or "dee-t", loud... read more


Grassy marshes in reedbeds and on riverbanks, tall grassy savanna, and floating mats of grass in... read more

Food and feeding

Grass seeds. Takes seeds while perched on the stems and working the seeding heads, climbing up and down stems with great agility; feeds... read more


Details from captive birds. Courting male holds a stem in bill, he flies back and forth between two perches (in a large aviary, partners... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in Trans-Fly EBA. Locally common. Small numbers of this species captured for trade.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Grey-crowned Mannikin (Lonchura nevermanni). 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 June 2019).