Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

New Ireland Mannikin (Lonchura forbesi)


French: Capucin de Nouvelle-Irlande German: Forbesnonne Spanish: Capuchino de Nueva Irlanda
Other common names: New Ireland Munia, Forbes's Mannikin

Munia forbesi

P. L. Sclater

, 1879,

Topia, New Ireland


Has in the past been thought to be conspecific with L. hunsteini. Monotypic.


New Ireland, in Bismarck Archipelago.

Descriptive notes

11·5–12 cm. Head to nape and throat are black, mantle, back and upperwing rufous-brown (paler and more yellowish in worn plumage), rump buff, uppertail-coverts orange-... read more


No information.


Grassland, including small grassy and weedy areas in forest clearings; sea-level to 1000 m.

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses and other plants; fragments of mussel shell. Observed in small groups or flocks.


Birds in breeding condition in Mar. No other information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted range species: present in New Britain and New Ireland EBA. Very poorly known. Probably scarce to uncommon; possibly locally common.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). New Ireland Mannikin (Lonchura forbesi). 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 27 January 2020).