French: Capucin à tête blanche German: Weißkopfnonne Spanish: Capuchino cabeciblanco
East Indies = Malacca, Peninsular Malaysia
S Thailand, S Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra (including satellite islands), Java and Bali. Introduced in Japan (Honshu) and Ryukyu Is (Okinawa).
11 cm; 11–14 g. Male has head white to smoky pinkish, nape brownish-grey, upperparts, including upperwing, dark brown, uppertail-coverts glossy coppery brown, tail dark... read more
Call a soft "preet" or "prit", male call higher in pitch and longer than that... read more
Open grassland, rice fields, marshes and reedbeds, upland grassy areas, including fallow weeds,... read more
Food and feeding
Rice seeds (mainly at sub-ripe milky stage), and seeds of smaller grasses, sedges (Cyperaceae) and dicot herbs (Amaranthus and the... read more
Season Feb–Oct in Malay Peninsula, Feb–Jul in Singapore and Feb in Java; wild-caught males maintained large testes for as long... read more
Resident. Flocks move about after young have fledged.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Uncommon to locally fairly common in SE Asia; fairly common and widespread in Sumatra (and islands), Java and Bali. Birds of this species in Borneo... read more
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