Nutmeg Mannikin
Nutmeg Mannikin
Nutmeg Mannikin

Nutmeg Mannikin

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The Nutmeg Mannikin Lonchura punctulata is also known as the Scaly-breasted Munia, Ricebird and Spice Finch.


The Nutmeg Mannikin Lonchura punctulata is also known as the Scaly-breasted Munia*, Ricebird and Spice Finch. It is a resident of tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to the Philippines. Because of its striking beauty and gregarious behavior it is a popular cage bird. This species is found in tropical plains and grasslands


Its name is based on the distinct scale-like feather markings on the breast and belly. The adult is brown above and has a dark conical bill. The juveniles have pale yellow-brown under parts without the scales.

Interesting facts:

The Nuteg Manakins forage in flocks and communicate with soft calls and whistles. The species is highly social and may sometimes roost with other species of munias.


Nutmeg Manakins are very social and more than one female may lay eggs in a nest. The nests are spherical and made of green grass and sometimes pieces of bark. The nests are usually built in the centre of shrubs and trees, but they have been known to use the eaves of buildings. Both parents construct the nest and share incubation and the care of young.


Although their usual diet is half ripe seeds, the Nutmeg Mannikin has become a scavenger around farms and garbage dumps and has been known to pick the flesh of road kill. Very few insects are eaten. Nutmeg Mannikins forage on the ground or hangs from stems to eat seeds.

Diet in captivity: Paradise Earth Premium Finch Blend.